Upon the death of Joe Bill Foster on May 9, the oil and gas industry lost a giant leader of remarkable accomplishment— and a down-to-earth good guy. The tall, Lincoln-esque Foster was always a gentleman in business and in life, intensely loyal, friendly and outgoing. His 31-year career with Tenneco Oil Co. followed by founding Newfield Exploration Co. resulted in relationships with thousands of associates and friends.

I had the good fortune to spend many hours working with Joe on the biography “Something from Nothing: Joe B. Foster and the People Who Built Newfield Exploration Company” (2011).

Foster, 85, passed away at his home in Houston; his death was not COVID-19-related. He is survived by his wife, Harriet, six children, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Alice.

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