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Distinguished Graduate: Frederick William “Bill” Englefield


Frederick William “Bill” Englefield, BSCE ’52, graduated from Ohio University in 1952 with a bachelor’s degree in engineering.

In 1961, Englefield and his wife, Janet, started a petroleum products distribution company called Englefield Oil, Inc., out of an office in the basement of their home. The company grew from three service stations and a pickup truck to almost 100 Duke and Duchess convenience stores, more than thirty service stations, two truck stops, five warehouses and three bulk plans. With total sales of about $700 million annually, Englefield Oil, Inc., employs 1,500 individuals. Englefield serves as chairman of the board, while his sons Bill Jr. and Ben fill the role of president.

Englefield also served as president of the Petroleum Marketers Association of America in 1993 and president of the Ohio Petroleum Marketers Association in 1976 and 1977. He remains a member of both organizations, as well as the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America, the National Association of Convenient Stores, the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers, the Newark Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Newark Rotary Club.


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