GEORGE H. FANCHER
George H. Fancher, retired professor of petroleum engineering,
died on July 19, 1995. He was 93.
Professor Fancher was born on September 3, 1901, in
San Francisco, California. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University
of Southern California in 1923, a master's degree from the University
of Maryland in 1926, and a DSc from the Colorado School of Mines in
Dr. Fancher taught at the Universities of Maryland and
Michigan, Pennsylvania State College, and the Colorado School of Mines.
He joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 1935.
He served as chairman of the Department of Petroleum Engineering from
1956 to 1960, when he retired.
Professor Fancher's research interests included core
analysis and permeability flow of fluids. He patented a process for
cracking heavy oils at low pressure and was a founder of the Texas Petroleum
Research Committee, which devised new methods to recover oil. Dr. Fancher
initiated the first legal reservoir water flood project in Kansas and
the second such project in Texas. He authored numerous articles in professional
journals, and published several books, including Secondary Recovery
of Petroleum in Arkansas in 1946.
In 1968 Professor Fancher was recognized for his research
by the Society of Petroleum Engineers with the John Franklin Carl award.
In 1981 UT Austin established a professorship in petroleum engineering
in his name.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo
Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council web site on November
17, 2000. Additional biographical sources can be found in the
Barker Texas History Center and the UT Office of Public Affairs.