2019 Outstanding Exes 

Allen Gilmer

Class of 1979

Allen Gilmer graduated from EPHS in 1979 and continued his education at Rice University where he received his B.A. with honors.  After completing his undergraduate studies, Allen attended the University of Texas El Paso where he graduated with a Master of Science in Geological Sciences and was recognized for “Best Thesis” in the Department of Geology. He immediately started working at the Marathon Research Laboratory in Denver as a Difficult Area Onshore Seismic Processing Specialist.  He served as a member of Marathon’s first AVO group, where they implemented tools to push the interpretation of seismic data into rock physics.


In 1993, Mr. Gilmer became the President and CEO of Anasazi Exploration and pioneered the business model of “shoot to earn”, where his team interpreted 3-D seismic data.  Allen is internationally recognized as an expert on global oil, gas and especially in unconventional oil. He co-founded Drillinginfo, Inc., which in 2000 became the most widely adopted software platform and first and largest “Software as Service” business in the history of the US oil.  Over 1/3rd of global energy capex data flows through its software from over 40,000 companies.  Drillinginfo and its wholly owned subsidiaries have over 1000 employees.  


He is Immediate Past Chairman of the Texas independent Producers and Royalty Owners, a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Royalty Owners-Texas, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers. He is past Texas Region Chairman and National Board Member of the Department of Energy's Petroleum Technology Transfer Council and also serves on the Advisory Board for the UT El Paso College of Science, and Colorado School of Mines Petroleum Engineering Department. Allen was selected as Top 100 Energy influencers in 2011, Texas’ Outstanding Geoscientist, was in Texas Monthly magazine and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012, and was selected as Large CEO of the Year for Central Texas, and Top 7 NAPE Influencer in Texas in 2014.  Allen was recognized as a UTEP Distinguished Alumni, 2017 and has had the honor of ringing both the opening bell at the NYSE in 2012 and the NASDAQ bell in 2018.  Allen Gilmer is a true philanthropist who is an ongoing supporter of many worldwide foundations, but most important to us locally, is his support for the Tom Lea Institute



Ann Morgan Lilly

Class of 1956

Ann Morgan Lilly attended Mesita Elementary School, and El Paso High School prior to attending Texas Western College (UTEP). After living in Germany and Louisville, KY, she came back to her roots and in 1978 moved back to El Paso, TX. 

Upon her return to El Paso she worked as an office manager and became the managing partner of J.E. Morgan & Sons property and development partnership.  Ann continued her education and received a paralegal certificate and grant writing certificate from Texas Western College. 


Ann’s love for El Paso led her to become a city council representative.  From 2005 to 2015, Ann served as the El Paso City Council Representative for District 1.  She encouraged balancing preservation with economic development opportunities.  Ann’s motive is that government should safeguard the taxpayer dollars while creating an opportunity for future generations that make El Paso competitive in the national and global economy.  She supported sustainable development by cooperating with developers for public amenities, such as an increased number of parks for our children (and our dogs too); changing the way our City develops; expanding our transportation infrastructure (Transmountain Road); funding bus rapid transit corridors (BRT) where is makes more sense, evaluating how our City’s transportation network supports our commercial and residential development; holding the line on taxes, while at the same time providing services for El Paso.  Ann has spent her life, making El Paso a better place. 

Robert Wade

Class of 1961

Robert Wade graduated from EPHS in 1961 and continued his education at the University of Texas Austin, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1965 and graduate school at the University of California Berkeley, where he received a Masters of Fine Arts in 1966.  Robert spent 11 years as assistant professor of art, including: McLennan College- Waco, Northwood Institute- Dallas, University of North Texas- Denton.

He is best known for his creating oversized sculptures of Texas symbols and for experimenting with hand-tinting black-and-white vintage photographs transferred to large photo-emulsion canvases. His 40-foot-long (12 m) giant iguana, known as "Iggy", sat on top of the Lone Star Café in New York City from 1978 to 1989; his Boots at North Star Mall, San Antonio 2016; and the Iguana Sculpture at the Fort Worth Zoo, 2010.


His work has been part of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and in the collections of the Houston Museum of Art, the Austin Museum of Art, the Chase Manhattan Bank, the Menil Collection, and AT&T.  Robert was dubbed a "pioneer of Texas Funk and connoisseur of Southwestern kitsch," by the Fort Worth Star Telegram.  Other showings include exhibits at Dallas Museum, El Paso Museum, Paris and New Orleans Biennials, most museums in Texas, San Francisco Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Modern Museum of the City of Paris, Kunsthaus- Zurich.  It is with great sadness to announce that our fellow Tiger, Robert “Daddy O”  Wade, passed on December 24,2019. 

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