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Gold medal achievement award

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Claiborne Deming, who retired in 2008 as president and chief executive officer of Murphy Oil Corporation after a nearly three decade career, is the recipient of the API 2011 Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement, API’s highest honour.

‘Claiborne Deming is an outstanding leader of the US oil and natural gas industry,’ API President and CEO Jack Gerard said. ‘He has been a distinguished and accomplished chief executive officer and a strong supporter of education.’

During Deming’s tenure at Murphy Oil, he added to the company’s reputation as an innovative, well run and socially responsible business. He built a company that was respected for the competency and work ethic of its staff and the efficiency and scope of its operations, with a rich heritage spanning more than 60 years.

Deming joined Murphy in 1979 as a staff attorney after earning his juris doctorate that year from Tulane University. He held numerous positions prior to his promotion to president of Murphy Oil USA in June 1989 and served as president and chief executive officer of Murphy Oil Corporation from October 1994 to June 2002.

Under Deming’s leadership, Murphy Oil created the El Dorado Promise scholarship program for students at El Dorado High School. He also cofounded the El Dorado Education Foundation, whose initiatives have further encouraged student achievement and progress in higher education.

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