Chevron Press Release - Retired Chevron Vice President James Woodward Kent Dies At 74
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 20, 1994-- James Woodward Kent, retired vice president of Chevron Corporation and president of Chevron Chemical Company, died at home in Castro Valley on Friday, Sept. 16, after a short illness, Chevron said today. He was 74.
Kent retired in 1982 after a 39-year career with Chevron -- his sole employer.
He joined Chevron (then known as Standard Oil Company of California) in 1943 as a research chemist after earning a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the Carnegie Institute and a Ph.D., also in chemistry, from the University of California, Berkeley.
In 1955, after serving in various research positions at Chevron's research facility, Kent joined the corporation's analytical division of the comptroller's department, first as a staff analyst, assistant manager and then manager.
Kent was executive vice president and then president of the Ortho division of Chevron Chemical Company from 1963 to 1966, when he was named president of the chemical company. In 1979, he became chief executive officer of Chevron Chemical and in 1981 was elected a vice president of Chevron Corporation while retaining his Chevron Chemical responsibilities.
Born in Philadelphia, he lived in El Cerrito for 42 years before moving to Castro Valley in 1983. He is survived by two daughters, Katharine Peterson of Oakland, and Pamela Casazza of Los Angeles, and two grandsons, Clay Olitt of Castro Valley and Lee Olitt of Los Angeles, in addition to his former wife, Kay Kent of El Cerrito.
At his request, there will not be a memorial service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to either the Retina Research Fund, P.O. Box 640350, San Francisco, CA 94164-0350; or Vesper Hospice, 311 MacArthur Blvd., San Leandro, CA 94577.
Updated: September 1994