HALL, Kempton Bishop “Pete”

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HALL, Kempton Bishop “Pete”(1916-2013), born in Long Beach, California, he attended U.C.L.A., graduating in geology. World War II interrupted his graduate studies when he bagan five years of Army service. Hall went on to become a founding member of the Coast Geological Society and President of the Pacific Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Hall was a consulting geologist with offshore and Channel Islands experience who represented Vail & Vickers in facilitating arrangements for geological investigations on Santa Rosa Island between 1967 and 1971. During this time, several oil companies expressed an interest in oil and gas leasing, but none was consummated. “Tiger” Mike Davis out of Denver, Colorado, used Hall to negotiate a lease on his behalf. According to Hall: “In 1969 and 1970, Bill Osborn, Exploration Services Company and myself negotiated a lease for Tiger Oil Company. No wells were drilled under this lease when it expired in 1971. I remember a sign on Santa Rosa Island that said All of our guests bring us happiness. Some on arrival, and some on departure.”

In 1941 Pete Hall married Emily McIlvaine Stevens, and they had seven sons:

  • Peter Hall
  • Matthew Hall
  • Mark Hall
  • Luke Hall
  • John Hall
  • Andrew Hall
  • Thomas Hall

Pete Hall died in Santa Paula on March 12. 2013 at the age of 96. He loved to quote a statement which proved prophetic: “He died from no special disease, the machinery of life having simply worn out.”