Alfred J. Boulos ’59 was an expert negotiator and adviser to governments and oil companies throughout the world. He passed away on January 31, 2013, at the age of 82.
Boulos was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 1930. He graduated from Marquette University in 1954 and was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy upon graduation. After serving as a line officer aboard U.S. aircraft carriers, he enrolled at Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and graduated in 1959. Boulos also earned an M.B.A. in business administration from New York University.
Boulos was named senior international counsel for Mobil Oil Corporation in 1964, working in both New York City and London. Five years later, he became senior director of international exploration and production for Conoco Inc. In that role, he directed the company’s international negotiations with governments and oil companies. At that time, Boulos also served as chairman of the legal committee of the Oil Industry Group, an organization that negotiated prices, currency exchanges, and equity participation with OPEC. He would later found the European Petroleum Negotiators Group—which represented more than 200 oil companies—and serve as president of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators in Houston.
In 1987, Boulos was awarded the Columbia University Alumni Medal. After retirement from Conoco in 1993, he founded Boulos International and served as a consultant to gas and oil companies in the U.S. and abroad.
Boulos is survived by his wife, Mary; six children: Mary, Elizabeth, John, Peggy, Katie, and Suzie; and 11 grandchildren.