Upon graduating from Mathis High School, he went to the University of Texas in Austin to major in chemical engineering. He entered UT in September 1941, and received his Bachelor of Science degree in August 1944. From there, he was drafted in the army and discharged in 1946, as a second lieutenant; he returned to UT and received his master’s degree in 1948. While at Texas, he was a member of Tau Beta Pi and Omega Chi Epsilon, honorary engineering societies, a member of the Tejas Club and won an award for the best intramural athlete in 1948.
In 1948, he began a career as a petroleum engineer for Humble Oil and Refining in Houston. He developed the porosity formula known as the Humble Formula. He spent his career at Humble which became Exxon and was chief research engineer and later became head of reservoir engineering before retiring.
He remained active in the Society of Petroleum Engineers, American Petroleum Institute and American Association of Petroleum-Geologists. He also was chairman of the Gulf Coast Section of the SPE in Houston and served as a distinguished lecturer for that organization and as a registered professional Engineer in Texas.
After retiring from Exxon, he moved to Beeville, Texas, to run his registered Hereford breeding operation that he started in 1956. In 1959, he made his first consignment to the South Texas Hereford Association sale in Beeville and has consigned every year since. He has been a director for the South Texas Hereford Association several times and has served two terms as president. In addition, he was a member of the Houston Hereford Club for many years and served as that organization’s secretary-treasurer from 1981 to 1988.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Alethea Lou Elliott Winsauer; and his two sons, Will Winsauer and John Winsauer. He is also survived by his sister, Doris Winsauer McDonald.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 21, 2011, at Dobie Funeral Home Chapel. Internment followed at Cenizo Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers please make contribution to:
In Memory of
Weldon O. Winsauer
The Houston Center for Vascular Health
6400 Fannin Street, Suite 2220
Houston, TX 77030
Dobie Funeral Home, Mathis