[Editor's note: A version of this story that appears in the January 2019 edition of Oil and Gas Investor also previously ran on the site here.]

Legendary oilman Raymond Plank, the founder and retired chairman of Apache Corp., left his mark on a wide range of industry and charitable groups before he passed away Nov. 8, 2018, at his beloved Ucross Ranch outside Sheridan, Wyo. He was 96.

An avid reader to the end, “growth” and “learning” were words he used again and again when Investor last spoke with him in 2012 upon publication of his memoir, “A Small Difference,” which draws on diaries he kept throughout his life. The title refers to advice his father gave him at age 10: always make at least a small—positive—difference in people’s lives.

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