David S. Sims ’62 hails from a family of Mustangs. This family includes: David’s mother, Marian Jeannette McClellan ’41; David’s sister, Maureen Jeannette Sims ’63; and his wife Carolyn Sue “Suzy” Allen ’61. While at Thomas Jefferson, David participated in Mustang Football and track and made the All-District Football team, 2nd String. He was also a member of the Hayne, Chaplin of the “J” Club, President of the Library Council and was Sponsor of the Hi-Yi. Pat Shannon, TJHS Head Football Coach, and the team of coaches taught David “how to not give up and the importance of winning”.
David earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) in 1965. David retired after a 29-year career with oilfield services giant Schlumberger. During his career, David rose from Field Engineer in Hobbs, New Mexico, to Region Manager - Middle East, in Dubai, U.A.E. He held operations, marketing, and management positions in Venezuela, Angola, Trinidad, France, Iran, Argentina, U.A.E., U.K., Indonesia and the U.S.A. In his early career, he was a geologist with Texaco Inc. in Midland, Texas. David credits his career to Dr. Frank W. Daughtery, Geology Professor at WTAMU, who taught him “Geology and the joys of traveling the world”.
David is a member and Past Chairman of the Southwest Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). He has been a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and served on the Advisory Council for the Center for International Business Studies at Texas A&M University. David presently serves on the Board of Directors of the WTAMU Alumni Association.
Currently, David is a part-time substitute teacher at John Marshall High School in the Northside I.S.D. in the Math, Science and Spanish classes. Both David and Suzy volunteer at TJHS with the Hayne and MJR’s. In addition, the Sims travel frequently to visit their seven grandchildren who live with their two daughters in Tahoe City, California, and Bangkok, Thailand.
David offers the following advice to the next generation of Mustangs, “You don't need to know what your "major" will be when you get to college. But you do need to study and make the best grades possible in all of your high school courses while in high school. In your freshman year, you can start narrowing your search.”
The TJHS Alumni Association thanks David Sims for this interview and for serving as a great role model for all TJHS Mustangs.