Shale pioneer and natural gas advocate Aubrey K. McClendon is gone, but his unbridled enthusiasm left a legacy of vast reserves of shale oil and gas throughout America and numerous civic and charitable contributions to Oklahoma City. These gifts will be enjoyed for many years to come.

The founder, chairman and CEO of American Energy Partners LP died last month in a fiery car crash in Oklahoma City a day after being indicted on charges of rigging bids for leases in Oklahoma while he was chairman and CEO of Chesapeake Energy Corp. It was a shocking and tragic climax to one of the most stunning careers in oil and gas this generation had seen.

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