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Long-Time Hess Oil St. Croix Senior Vice President Hank Wright Dies In New Jersey At Age 92

DEAD AT 92: Hank Wright

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NEWARK — Long-time St. Croix resident Robert F. “Hank” Wright died on Monday in Holmdel, New Jersey. He was 92.

Wright was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Amerada-Hess Corp, from 1986 to 1995.

He joined Hess Oil Corp. in 1963 when Hess acquired the Delhi-Taylor Corp. refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas.

In 1966 Hess transferred Wright to its St. Croix facility where he was instrumental in building its refinery which remained the largest in the world for years.

“(Hank) Wright, a native Texan, quickly developed a reputation as someone who could get things done,” from the book Hess: The Last Oil Baron. “He would grill employees who didn’t have the right answers and was feared, particularly by junior employees.”

As an Amerada-Hess Senior Vice President in the 1970s and early 1980s, Wright was responsible for all its refining and distribution operations.

“It was just an amazing puzzle, watching all these things come together,” early Hess Oil Virgin Islands employee John West said about the building of the oil refinery in Estates Blessing and Hope in St. Croix circa 1963. “With Hank Wright running this thing, you just had to have someone who was precisely competent and capable.”

Wright was born in Robstown, Texas on May 10, 1925 to Edwin Daniel and Kathryn Smith Wright. He was awarded the Purple Heart for service in the Korean War as an artillery forward observer with the Second Infantry Division at the Battle of Wonju. In 1955, Wright graduated from Texas A&I University with a Chemical Engineering degree.

Wright is survived by his wife Valerie, children George W. Wright, Kathryn Weddington and Robert F. Wright, Jr., three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, August 9 at 9:15 am at Church of St. Catharine, 108 Middletown Road, Holmdel. Burial to follow in St. John Cemetery, Queens, NY. To share a favorite memory or message of condolence, please visit Hank’s page of tributes at

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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