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PERINI, VINCENT CHARLES, JR. (1895–1965). Vincent Charles (Bud) Perini, Jr., geologist, son of Vincent and Emma (Berkly) Perini, was born in Denver, Colorado, on January 15, 1895, and received his primary and secondary schooling in Denver. He early became familiar with the mining industry and spent several summers working in gold and silver mines north of Durango, Colorado. His undergraduate training at the University of Colorado was interrupted by World War I, when he entered the United States Cavalry and rose to the rank of captain through service on the Mexican border. At the end of the war he returned to the University of Colorado to major in geology; he obtained his B.A. degree in 1919 and his M.A. in 1920. He began a career as a professional geologist, serving first with various state agencies in Colorado, then joining the Marland Oil Company in 1922. Perini moved in 1923 to Texas, where he lived the rest of his life. He helped establish the Marland Oil Company of Texas at Sulphur Springs, then entered a partnership under the company name of Merry Brothers and Perini in 1924. After operating from Albany, Coleman, Cisco, Fort Worth, Paducah, and San Angelo, he settled permanently in Abilene in 1935. The partnership was dissolved in 1944, and Perini subsequently operated as an independent. As a geologist and an oilman Perini achieved leadership in both scientific and industrial circles. He is credited with the discovery of many oilfields in west central Texas. He served as two-term president of the West Central Texas Oil and Gas Association, as vice president of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, as vice president of the National Stripper Well Association, and as first president of the Abilene Geological Society. Perini was active in many other professional, civic, and philanthropic organizations. His business interests included the Perini Mining Company, directorship of the First State Bank of Abilene, a ranch at Buffalo Gap, and various oil and gas properties. Perini married Maxine Walker in 1936; they had three sons. He died on February 20, 1965, in Abilene and was buried in the Buffalo Gap Cemetery.

Katharyn Duff, Abilene . . . On Catclaw Creek: A Profile of a West Texas Town (Abilene, Texas: Reporter Publishing, 1969). Katharyn Duff and Betty Kay Seibt, Catclaw Country: An Informal History of Abilene in West Texas (Burnet, Texas: Eakin Press, 1980).
Frank B. Conselman

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