Born in Corsicana, Dr. Almer M. McAfee received a Bachelor of
Science in Chemistry from the University of Texas in 1908. He
obtained his doctorate in Chemistry from Columbia University in
1911. Dr. McAfee's major accomplishment came in developing the
process for refining high octane gasoline and high purity
In 1912, he joined the Texas Company and resigned the
following year to accept a local position with Gulf Oil Corporation.
He pioneered the first method for using aluminum chloride in the
catalytic cracking of gasoline and in the manufacture of motor oil.
When Dr. McAfee realized the high cost of Aluminum Chloride might
result in the rejection of the process he developed a method to
produce low cost aluminum chloride from bauxite ore. This resulted
in higher quality gasoline and petroleum products using low cost
aluminum chloride. During his lifetime, he also obtained forty
patents on specialized chemicals used in a wide variety of products.
Dr. McAfee had a keen interest in the field of education
serving as a member of the Port Arthur Independent School District
Board of Trustees from 1931-1941 and as it's President from
1934-1941. He also served on the Board of Trustees of Lamar Junior
College, and was instrumental in having that institution expanded
from a two to a four year institution. He served on the college's
Board of Regents and served a term as president of the regents.
After thirty eight years with the Gulf Oil Corporation, he retired
in 1932 to a farm near Woodville, Texas, where he remained until his
death in 1972.
Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, October 27, 1944
Obituary - Corsicana Daily Sun
A. M. McAfee
HOUSTON - Funeral services are to be 11 a.m.
Saturday at Woodville United Methodist Church in
Woodville for Dr. A.M. McAfee, 86, of Woodville and
former Corsicana resident who died Thursday at a
hospital in Woodville.
Funeral services are under the direction of
Edwards Funeral Home in Woodville. Burial will be
in Magnolia Cemetery in Woodville.
He was born in 1886 in Corsicana and attended
school in Corsicana. He was a petroleum chemist
with the Gulf Oil Corporation before his retirement in
Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Georgia Bell
McAfee of Woodville; two sons, Jack T. McAfee of Houston
and Jerry McAfee of Toronto, Canada; a daughter, Mrs.
John J. Biesele of Austin; three sisters, Mrs. Velma
Bennett of Wellsley Hills, Mass., Mrs. Willie Dean
Williams of Galveston and Mrs. Leta Daniels of Waco; and
nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Corsicana Daily Sun - October 13, 1972
Magnolia Cemetery, Woodville, Tyler County, Texas,
Almer McDuffie McAfee was the son of
Almerine Cicero McAfee and
Margaret Elizabeth (Terry) McAfee. He was born Sept 24, 1886 in
Corsicana, Navarro County Texas. On January 11, 1915, he
married Marguerite Hawkins Calfee, the daughter of William Avelete
Calfee and Martha Ellen "Ellie" (Hawkins) Calfee. Their
children were Avelette "Jerry" McDuffie McAfee b. Nov 3, 1916,
Marguerite "Margo" McAfee b. Nov 20, 1919, and Jack Terry McAfee,
Sr. b. Sept 14, 1923. Marguerite died April 22, 1965 in
Woodville, Tyler Co., TX. Almer remarried to Georgia Belle
Gibbons. Almer died on Oct 12, 1972 and was buried at the
Magnolia Cemetery, Woodville, Tyler Co., TX.