Good Deed Remembered


By: Hank Danos

Sometimes we are able to see the results of our acts of generosity and there are times only those who follow us may hear about them. We recently received a note about a nice gesture done by my brother, Al Danos, who served as our president and CEO for a number of years.

This simple deed was done before our purpose and values were clearly written.

I have been able to share this note with Al’s family, and I have been in contact with Rob Crowell the author of the note. Now I share it with you. Can you see the long history of our purpose and values in a simple thank you note?

To whom it may concern,

I would like to find out if it would be possible to pass along a note of thanks to Mr. Al Danos, Jr. If not, perhaps this could be passed along to his family…

Many years ago in the winter of 1978-79, I was a freshman at the University of Kentucky. I came to the Gulf coast looking for work during my Christmas break. I was able to obtain work as a roustabout through Danos and Curole, working at a shipyard in Leeville. There was a mix-up in my pay, and I needed to get an advance on my paycheck to be able to go home in time for the start of the spring semester. I will not bore you with all of the details, but I ended up in the office of Mr. Danos , explaining my situation. Mr. Danos wrote me a personal check for $50 and provided me with gas money to get home. He gave me a phone number and told me to call when I wanted to go back to work for the summer. I came back each summer and Christmas break and worked offshore in a Gulf Oil field, South Timbalier 151. The money I earned with Danos and Curole paid for my college education, and I graduated in 1982 with a degree in chemical engineering.

I have always remembered Mr. Danos and his kindness to me and faith in me as a young 18 year old college student, a long way from home. I want to find a way to express the thanks for starting me on my career. The lessons I learned in the oil fields in the Gulf have served me well.

I am now a senior engineer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. My career has been long and successful.

I hope there is a way to pass along my sincere thanks to Mr. Danos , delayed as it may be. I have never forgotten.

Rob Cromwell
Senior Engineer
Energy Management Group
Facilities Management Division

Hank Danos

Hank began his career at Danos as a teenager working summers. He joined full-time after completing a degree from LSU. As CEO and board chairman, he represents the 2nd generation of ownership and is involved in much of the business, civic and community activity.


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