Hall of Distinction Class of 2008-2009

Donald W. Keller was born on August 13, 1935 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering in June 1957. He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Mu Epsilon, Phi Epsilon Tau, Tau Beta Pi, and Geology and Mining Societies. His father worked for Humble Oil for over 35 years and retired shortly after Keller graduated from LSU. Being around an oil and gas family for so many years during his father's tenure at Humble Oil had a deciding effect on Keller's career choice to be a petroleum engineer. Following graduation in June 1957, he married Gayle Ahern, a native of New Orleans, who he met at a Theta XI fraternity function in 1955.

Keller began his engineering career with Humble Oil in July 1957 in the Louisiana Southeast Region as a project engineer responsible for several of the many producing fields in that district. He attended Humble's Advanced Reservoir Engineering School and after two years experience with responsibility in various aspects of production and reservoir engineering, he was placed in charge of the Duck Lake and Garden City Fields. When a major gas discovery was made in the Garden City field by Quintana Petroleum Corporation as operator, Keller resigned from Humble and joined Quintana as District Engineer in the Lafayette, Louisiana office. 

In 1967, he was transferred to Quintana's corporate office in Houston, Texas to manage the orderly development of this 2 TCF gas field as well as other newly discovered fields in south Louisiana. In 1980 he was promoted to President of Quintana Energy Corp., the parent company of Quintana Refinery and other domestic and foreign corporations. Keller was responsible for handling $400 million in annual revenues with approximately 220 employees. As chief executive, he was also responsible for the management and operations of a 35,000 barrel per day oil refinery and petrochemical facility in Corpus Christi, Texas. He served as Vice President, Marketing and Finance of Quintana Petroleum Corporation, as well as a member of the Executive Operating committee.

In 1986, Keller resigned from Quintana Petroleum after a 26 year career to start his own company, Enerfin Gas Processing Corp, later renamed Enerfin Resources Company. In the 20 years since founding the company, he was successful in building the energy assets to well over $250 million by acquiring and developing both midstream and upstream properties. In April 2008, Keller sold his oil and gas interests in Enerfin Resources Company to help manage KPlus Investments, a Keller Family Partnership.

Through the years Keller has been active in supporting the University and the Petroleum Engineering Department. He is a member of the LSU Foundation, the LSU Alumni Association, and the Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering's Campaign Steering Committee for the Forever LSU Campaign. Keller has shown exemplary leadership in giving back to his alma mater by establishing the Donald W. and Gayle A. Keller Distinguished Professorship, the Keller Family Scholarship for Texas residents, and the upcoming Donald W. and Gayle A. Keller Well Facility Building Fund to fund the construction of a new classroom at the Petroleum Engineering Research & Technology Transfer Laboratory and to support ongoing facility needs following its construction.

Mr. Keller is a registered professional engineer in Louisiana and Texas, and a member of the American Petroleum Institute and AIME. He is also a member of University of Texas Medical Branch President's Cabinet, Houston Country Club, Galveston Country Club and St. Michaels Catholic Church.

Keller and his wife, Gayle, have three children: William Kevin Keller and wife Peggy: Barbara Peterson and husband Bruce Peterson; and Stephen Keller and wife Kasey.  He also has nine grandchildren: Lindsay Keller, Benjamin Keller, Chris Keller, Grace Keller, Brooks Peterson, Cody Peterson, Madison Peterson, Carson Peterson, and Blake Keller.