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Berard has been involved in the oil and gas industry for 50 years, working for and owning several companies, including most notably Unifab Fabricators (1980-2000). He was born and raised in the Atchafalaya...
Captain Bill Robb grew up near a seaport in Scotland. He went to sea as an apprentice at age 16. When World War II broke out, he was thrust into the Merchant Marine, transporting cargo from Europe to the...
Tom Kelly was a long-time boat builder. He was vice-president of operations at Seward Seacraft in Morgan City in the early 1970s. He owned and operated his owned companies, mostly for boat repair. He was...
Danos, Jim and Danos, Todd
Jim Danos grew up on a farm in southeast Louisiana on Bayou Lafourche. He got involved in the tug boat industry through his father. Danos made his career hauling barges for the oil industry through the...
Pradeep Anand came to Houston from Bombay in 1978. Born in 1950, his grandparents and ancestors were originally from Tamil Nadu. He attended a private Catholic school in his youth and trained as an engineer...
Pradip Mehta grew up in Bombay, India and majored in Chemical engineering at IIT Knapur. He went on to complete a PhD at the University of Houston in 1978. He has worked for a company called Celanese Chemicals...
Jim Baker is a retired Houston port captain for Lykes Brothers. A native of West Virginia, Baker is a graduate of King's Point U.S. Merchant Academy (1949). As a cadet, he traveled throughout the Caribbean...
Craig King was born and raised on the Texas City Ship Channel, where his father worked as a welder at a refinery. He graduated from the Texas A&M Merchant Marine Academy in Galveston in 2000 and went to...
Guy Covington is a 4th generation shipbuilder from Orange, TX. Guy's father, Don Covington, became president of Levingston Shipbuilding Company and later started Texas Dry Dock, Inc. (TDI) after Levingston...
Lawson, William Rev.
Kavadi, Sharad and Kavadi, Vasudha
Raised in Puna and Bombay, Sharad and Vasudha Kavadi have lived in Houston since 1980. Sharad Kavadi worked for several years as an architect before retiring. His wife, Vasudha, is a homemaker. Between...
Dressel was raised on a sugar cane farm in Loreauville, LA. Started in the oil field in 1964 working for J&L Engineering, Big Mac Welding, and Avondale Ship yard. He opened his own welding business and...
Carlos Calbillo was part of the radical movement during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s and 1970’s. His represents the mobility of the era that sent him from Pasadena, Texas to California to...
This interview delves into the life of Maureen Patton who at the time of interview had been Executive Director of the Galveston Opera House for 25 years. The interview describes the history of the theater...
Howard Middleton is from Centerville, Texas. Throughout his career, he served as an educator, public servant, and consultant. He was the first black man to be appointed as Port Commissioner (1976-1994)....
Kazi, Alia Hayat
Clyde Fitzgerald is a native of Houston. His father and two uncles worked as longshoremen on the Houston Ship Channel. He started working as a longshoremen in 1959. He worked his way through the ranks...
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