Robert L. Gerry III

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Robert L Gerry, III
Born Robert Livingston Gerry III
(1937-09-20)September 20, 1937
New York, New York
Residence Houston, TX
Education Brooks School
Occupation Petroleum industry executive

Sandra Smith

Judy Miller Gerry
Children Robert L. Gerry, IV
Lloyd H. Gerry
Parent(s) Robert L. Gerry, Jr
Martha Leighton Kramer

Robert Livingston Gerry III or Bobby Gerry[1] (born 20 September 1937) is a businessman and petroleum industry executive.

Early life[edit]

Robert Livingston Gerry was born in New York City on September 20, 1937. He is the son of Robert L. Gerry, Jr (1911–1979) and Martha Leighton Kramer. His paternal grandparents were prominent thoroughbred horse breeders, Robert L. Gerry, Sr. (1877–1957) and Cornelia Averell Harriman (1884-1966). Gerry graduated Brooks School, class of 1956.

He is the nephew of horse breeder, Martha F. Gerry, the great-nephew of U.S. Senator Peter G. Gerry, Governor W. Averell Harriman, and E. Roland Harriman. Gerry is the great-grandson of railroad baron Edward Henry Harriman as his paternal grandmother was E. H. Harriman's daughter, Cornelia. He is also the 3x-great grandson of Elbridge Gerry, signer of the Declaration of Independence and the 5th Vice Presidents of the United States.


Gerry served two years of service in United States Army.[2]

Gerry was the COO of Nuevo Energy, Co. from March 1990 to 1994, and vice chairman until 1997.[3] Nuevo was eventually sold to Plains Exploration & Production Co.[4][5]

From 1997 to October 2013, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Vaalco Energy Inc., a public oil company.[4] Vaalco's primary source of revenue is from the Etame field located offshore Gabon in West Africa. Members of Board of Vaalco at the time he was executive include former Ambassador Will Farish and Robert H. Allen.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of Plains Exploration & Production Company since 2004. He has been a Trustee of Texas Children's Hospital, Houston from 1991 until c. 2006.[4]

Personal life[edit]

In 1963, Gerry married Sandra Isabel Lloyd Smith,[6] the daughter of oil executive Lloyd Hilton Smith (1905–1999) and Elizabeth Keith Wiess,[7][8] and the granddaughter of Harry Wiess, a founder of Humble Oil. Before their divorce, they had two children:

  • Robert Livingston "Bobby" Gerry IV[9]
  • Lloyd Harriman Gerry[10]


  1. ^ The first letter of his last name is pronounced with a hard "G" and sounds like "Gary". His father, Robert L. Gerry, Jr, also went by Bobby Gerry.
  2. ^ New York Times, October 6, 1963
  3. ^ Inc., VAALCO Energy,. "VAALCO Names Robert L. Gerry, III Chairman and Chief Executive Officer". Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c Haines, Leslie (June 1, 2015). "Chatting With Bobby Gerry". Oil and Gas Investor. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "Robert L. Gerry III". Bloomberg. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  6. ^ Times, Special To The New York (6 October 1963). "Sandra K. Smith Bride in Houston Of Broker Here; Ex-Aide of Uogue Wed to Robert Gerry 3d of Sullivan Co.". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  7. ^ "Paid Notice: Deaths SMITH, LLOYD HILTON". The New York Times. 3 November 1999. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  8. ^ "Sandra K. Smith Engaged to Wed Robert Gerry 3d; Staff Member of Vogue and a Brooks School Alumnus Affianced". The New York Times. 11 June 1963. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  9. ^ "Alumni US | Austin, Texas Area". The University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  10. ^ "Lloyd Gerry | Leaders | WWF". World Wildlife Fund. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 

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