Chevron Press Release - S.F. Civic Leader And Retired Chevron V.P. George T. Ballou Dies
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 19, 1994 -- George T. Ballou, retired Chevron vice president, wartime Petroleum Administration officer and San Francisco civic affairs leader, died Dec. 15 at the age of 80 after a long illness.
Mr. Ballou retired in 1978 from what was then called Standard Oil Company of California (Socal). During his many years of community service, he served as chairman of the World Affairs Council of Northern California; chairman of SPUR (San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association); chairman of the San Francisco Sister Cities Program; member of the San Francisco China Gateway Committee; and member of the Board of the Museum Society of The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
The Colorado native joined Chevron in 1946 after serving in Washington, D.C., for more than four years -- first in the Petroleum Administration for War and subsequently as a naval officer on duty with the Army-Navy Petroleum Board. During the Korean Conflict, Mr. Ballou again served in Washington as Director of Foreign Refining in the Petroleum Administration for Defense.
At Chevron, Mr. Ballou worked in various financial and executive positions of increasing responsibility before becoming manager of the corporate Foreign Staff in 1959. In this capacity he also acted as manager of operations for Chevron subsidiaries Iran California Oil Company and California Asiatic Oil Company. In 1963, Mr. Ballou became assistant vice president for Government Relations and manager of the Economics Department. He was named a vice president in 1968. In that capacity, Mr. Ballou headed Chevron's Public Relations department, later renamed Corporate Public Affairs.
After he retired, Mr. Ballou worked as an energy consultant. He was seen frequently over the years at Chevron's headquarters on Bush Street, where he continued to have an office. Mr. Ballou and his wife of 53 years, Joanna, traveled widely and continued to be involved in numerous San Francisco community and civic activities.
Mr. Ballou earned an MBA degree from Stanford University. He received his undergraduate degree from San Jose State University. He was a Lt. Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve, in which he served from 1942 to 1955, including active duty in Washington during World War II and the Korean Conflict.
Mr. Ballou is survived by his wife; by daughters Ruthann Conway and Mary Jane Ballou; and by two grand-daughters, Christina and Joanna Conway. He will be buried in Texarkana, Arkansas.
Friends will be invited to attend a service of thanksgiving that will be held in late January. Details will be announced at a later date.
Donations in lieu of flowers are preferred by the family and may be sent to the George T. Ballou Scholarship Fund administered by the World Affairs Council of Northern California (312 Sutter Street, San Francisco 94108), or the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (2500 16th Street, San Francisco 94103).
Updated: December 1994