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GORDON BARROWS’ LEGACY

“The man who helped to educate the petroleum world”

BarrowsCo. Inc officially started its activities in 1962, although its inception took place at John Hopkins University in Washington, where Gordon Barrows started to collect our repository in the late 40’s. Due to the company’s extensive library, it has been the primary research source for oil, gas and mining students and practitioners, in addition to its use as a powerful tool for negotiating sophisticated oil, gas and mining deals.
The company has opened its office in New York City in the early 60’s and since then it has published journals, books and periodicals to distribute to its worldwide subscribers.
In the article written by Mr. Andrey Konoplyanik from Gazprom Group to the Journal of World Energy Law & Business, he recognizes Gordon Barrows as the “The man who helped to educate the petroleum world”.
Gordon Barrows founded Barrows Company (Barrows Co.) in 1962 to meet the Oil & Gas industry’s demands to support negotiation and legal claims using previously executed contracts. Mr. Barrows was also the Co-Founder of World GTL Inc. and served as its Chairman.
As well as being the President or Owner of several other companies, he was also engaged in activities outside the petroleum industry, such as ranching, printing and theater.
Being a world-renowned expert on petroleum policy and legislation, Barrows served as an advisor to the United Nations, the World Bank and numerous foreign governments on petroleum legislation and related matters. He was Co-Founder of the AIPN (Association of International Petroleum Negotiators). He coordinated world reporting on energy laws and contracts in most countries of the world at Barrows Company Inc.
Undoubtedly, he is recognized as a world authority on the structure and suitability of petroleum contracts and legislation. He served as a Director and Member of the Advisory board of World GTL Inc. as well as serving as a Director of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.
Barrows was active on several philanthropic boards. He was a candidate for the United States Senate in 1978. Mr. Barrows received his B.A. in mathematics and languages from the University of Wyoming and a Master of Arts, School of Advanced International Studies at John Hopkins University (International Relations & Law).

1923

Gordon Barrows is Born in Billings, Montana.

1941

Gordon Barrows turns 18 and goes to the Wyoming University where he attends chemistry classes.

1943

Gordon Barrows is drafted for WW2 and starts his army training at Joplin. He takes part in the Utah Beach debarquement.

1945

Returns to the USA and resumes his classes at the University.

1947

Gordon Barrows graduates from the Wyoming University

1948

GB enters the School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC for a Master’s degree.

1950

GB starts working for SOCAL

1951

GB leaves SOCAL to go to Mallorca “retire while you’re young”

1954

Returns from his retirement in Mallorca, marries Bess in Las Vegas and moves to New-York

1955

GB becomes the Managing editor of the World Petroleum Journal

1961

GB marries Dorothy Melissa

1962

He resigns from World Petroleum, creates Barrows Company Inc.

1968

GB remarries with his third and last wife: Barbara Martin, the love of his life.

1969

GB creates Contenders Inc. (a company promoting boxing).

1978

Gordon runs for the Wyoming seat at the Senate but loses to his friend Alan Simpson

2016

Gordon Barrows dies at the age of 93. Prior to his death he spent his time working for the Barrows Company, traveling half of the year around the world to meet key actors of the petroleum industry and add new documents to the library. The rest of the time he stayed in New-York and