William (Bill) Christian Hauber, born June 7, 1931, died on Oct. 17, 2013 at age 82 after an extended battle with Alzheimer’s. He was a brilliant and generous man who loved to travel and enjoyed the arts. Bill graduated from Kansas State University in 1953 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and the University of Oklahoma in 1955 with a Master of Petroleum Engineering degree. Bill spent two years on active duty in the United States Air Force before going to work for the Shell Oil Company in 1958. He worked for Shell until he retired in 1993.
As a Shell employee, Bill served in a variety of assignments in Midland, Texas; Houston; New Orleans; New York; and The Hague. At the time of his retirement, Bill was Shell’s chief economist.
Bill was a long time member of the Friends of the Smithsonian and traveled all over the world on Smithsonian and other tours. He was a patron of the arts and generously supported the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the American Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Bill also loved classical music and regularly attended symphony orchestra concerts in Houston and New York.
Bill was a member of St. John the Devine Episcopal Church for many years and supported the many ministries of the church. Bill’s generosity also included the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross.
Bill was born in Bartlesville, Okla., on June 7, 1931 to Raymond Christian Hauber and Mabel Clements Hauber. He grew up in Kansas in Great Bend and El Dorado. Bill’s mother remarried after his father’s death to L.J. Bond. Bill is preceded in death by his mother, father, step-father and sister, Gretchen Hauber.
A memorial service was held Friday in the sanctuary at St John the Devine Episcopal Church (2450 River Oaks Blvd – Houston, Texas). Burial will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Sunset Lawns Cemetery in El Dorado. In lieu of flowers, Bill requested donations be made to the American Heart Association. Condolences for the family can be sent to www.carlsoncolonial.com.