Donoghue, David Patrick (1891–1958)

Type: Biography

Published: 1976

Updated: September 30, 2020

David Patrick Donoghue, geologist, was born on January 19, 1891, in San Antonio, the son of Patrick and Statia Madeline (Fitzgerald) Donoghue. He graduated in 1909 from St. Mary's University with a B.S. degree, and from 1909 to 1912 he studied mining engineering and geology at the University of Texas. He worked for the United States Geological Survey from 1911 to 1913. He was a scout, leaseman, and geologist for the J. M. Guffey Petroleum Company from 1914 to 1918, and from 1919 to 1921 he was a geologist for Gulf Production Company. On June 30, 1914, Donoghue married Agnes M. Kennedy. He acted as a consulting geologist in Fort Worth and Houston from 1921 to 1924, when he became assistant to the vice president of Marland Oil Company. In 1925 he was made director of Texas Pacific Coal and Oil Company, and in 1929 he again became a consulting geologist. Donoghue became president of the Federal Royalties Company in 1933, a position he held until 1951. From 1952 to 1958 he served as president of Lasca, Incorporated. In addition to his regular duties, he acted as consultant for the Consejo Nacional de Petróleos in Colombia in 1948–49, and in 1948 he served as petroleum adviser for the United States mission in Libya.

Donoghue was active in numerous professional, religious, and civic organizations, including several southwestern historical societies. He served as vice president of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists from 1927 to 1929, and he was director and vice president of the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association. He served as mayor of Westover Hills, Tarrant County, from 1946 to 1948 and was commissioner in 1948–49. Donoghue published many papers on petroleum appraisals, geology, engineering, and Texas history. He died on October 15, 1958, in Mexico City and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Fort Worth. He was a Catholic.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, October 18, 1958. Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

  • Oil and Gas Industry
  • Science
  • Geologists and Geophysicists
  • Dallas/Fort Worth Region
  • Fort Worth
  • North Texas

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