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Richard Mayfield

MayfieldRichard Mayfield is a 1961 graduate of the University of Arkansas where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering. Upon graduation, Richard spent two years in the U. S. Army as an officer in the Ordnance Corp.

In June of 1963, Richard went to work for Union Carbide at their Seadrift Texas plant. He worked there from 1963 until January of 1971 and then moved to the Union Carbide Texas City plant as their Regional Chemicals Purchasing manager. In September of 1973, Richard took over as Department Head of the Texas City Plant Marine Terminal. He moved to Union Carbide’s Houston Office in March of 1976 as Senior Purchasing Agent and shortly after was made Manager of the Gaseous Fuels & Feedstock Supply Group. In October of 1979, Richard joined Koch Chemical as Manager of the Chemicals trading group. With the 1981 acquisition by Koch of the Sun Corpus Christi facility, Richard became Vice President of Gulf Coast Chemicals Sales & Purchasing. Richard remained in this position until his retirement in February of 1997. After retirement, he served as a consultant until 2002.

Since full retirement, Richard has been active in GOS as Club President & Board Member, and with the Friends of Galveston Island State Park as a Board Member and Birding Committee Chairman. He has also been active in his church serving on The Parish Disaster Planning Committee, the church Pastoral Council, the Building Committee, and has been instituted as an Acolyte. For recreation Richard plays golf, goes birding and travels extensively with his wife. With three children and seven grandchildren who live within 30 miles, a lot of time is spent in family activities.

Upcoming Events

April 2018
Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 7:15 am - 11:15 am

Participants will travel to Galveston Island West End shorebird hot spots to bird the freshwater ponds, coastal marshes and bay waters. These areas provide habitat for Clapper Rails, Black-necked Stilts, Common Loons, diving ducks and “peeps.” There’s excellent viewing of American Oystercatchers, Dunlins, Ruddy Turnstones, dowitchers, gulls and terns that gather on the private piers on Sportsman Road. At the far end of the Island, the San Luis Pass mudflats and marshes provide close-up viewing of American Avocet, American White…

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Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

This field trip searches for the spring songbird richness found on West Galveston Island, with a special emphasis on warblers, vireos, tanagers, orioles, grosbeaks and buntings. Guests will walk through Lafitte’s Cove Nature Preserve, Galveston’s crown jewel for migrating songbirds. Several species of vireos and warblers were seen in the oak mott last spring. Freshwater ponds at the entrance to the preserve provide up-close views of migrating shorebirds, ducks, both species of dowitchers and yellowlegs, Solitary, and Pectoral Sandpipers, Marsh…

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Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 6:45 am - 11:45 am

The group will travel by bus to the Nature Conservancy’s Texas City Prairie Preserve. This preserve is 2,303 acres of coastal prairie at the intersection of urban expanse and rural beauty. The coastal grasslands found here are vital to the natural resilience of the Gulf Coast—prairies and marshlands act as a natural buffer during storms and hurricanes, absorbing and dispersing water from storm surges and floods. The sponge-like qualities of the prairie are also important for filtering the freshwater that…

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