Professor Hans Christian Juvkam-Wold

Professor Hans Juvkam-Wold
December 1, 1936 – March 5, 2017

Hans Juvkam-Wold was born December 1, 1936 in Trondheim, Norway, the second child of Per and Ingeborg Juvkam-Wold. Hans had fond memories of his childhood in Norway, including playing with close friends and wonderful family, living on the family farm perched on a mountainside, and skiing to school “uphill both ways.”

In 1950, the family moved to Venezuela and later to Barbados. After high school, Hans returned to Venezuela to work in the oil industry and eventually for Gulf Oil. This turned into a life-changing opportunity when Gulf offered Hans a scholarship to attend college in the U.S. After one semester at the University of Oklahoma, he transferred to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he completed his bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering in just six years, and then resumed work for Gulf. In 1965, Hans married Constance Allen, known as Connie, with whom he had two children, Greta and Per. Sadly, Connie passed away from cancer in 1980.

Hans later met and married Ann Jochens, an environmental lawyer for Gulf. The couple enjoyed more than 35 years of marriage, during which they shared a commitment to family, a love of travel, and an intellectual curiosity for many topics including history, science, and especially climate change.

In 1985, Hans joined the faculty of Texas A&M’s Petroleum Engineering Department as the recipient of the John Edgar Holt endowed chair. For 24 years, he enjoyed both his teaching and innovative research, in which he often collaborated with one or more of his 71 graduate students, including 12 students who obtained their doctoral degrees.

During his years at Texas A&M, Hans also received many professional awards, including the prestigious TAMU Association of Former Students’ Distinguished Teaching Award, the Society of Petroleum Engineers awards for distinguished achievement (2003) and outstanding leadership as Chairman of the Books Committee (2000-2002), and the Texas A&M Petroleum Engineering Department’s award for faithful and devoted service in building the Aggie Drilling Research Program.

In 2009, Hans retired with the honor of Professor Emeritus after obtaining 7 U.S. patents and producing more than 70 conference and journal publications. After he retired, Hans continued his intellectual pursuits, enjoyed his grandchildren, and traveled the world with his friends and family.

On March 5, 2017, with members of his family at his side, Hans passed away from complications due to metastasized melanoma. He is survived by his wife Ann Jochens, daughter Greta and her husband David Cleary, granddaughters Ann and Laura Cleary, all of College Station, TX; son Per and his wife Lauren Yates and grandson Nikolai Juvkam-Wold of Plano, TX; sisters Gunhild Leach and Signe Watson of Barbados; brother Ola Juvkam-Wold and his wife Lorna McBain of Calgary, Canada; mother-in-law Harriet Jochens; brother-in-law Robert Jochens and his wife Carol; sisters-in-law Margaret Macomber, Lara Allen, and Nona Thompson; nephews John Leach and his wife Liz, Richard Watson and his wife Vanessa, Robert Macomber Jr. and his wife Phyl, Joseph Macomber, Paul Macomber and his wife Sasha, David Thompson, Mark Thompson and his wife Kathryn, Eric Jochens, and Mark Jochens and his wife Laura; nieces Sonja Leach, Karen Allen and her husband Paul, Laura Macomber, Sarah Nyarko and her husband Kwame, Jane Macomber, and Debra Pina; and much loved cousins, extended family, and cherished friends throughout the world, including Norway, Barbados, Japan, Korea, Venezuela, and the U.S.

Hans is remembered for his generosity, kindness, sense of humor, keen intellect, unusual amount of common sense, and loyal dedication to his family, friends, and students. In lieu of flowers, the family would suggest donations to the palliative care program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) or to the American Cancer Society. A private celebration of Hans’s life will be held in College Station, Texas, in May 2017.


  1. Has was always the smiling face that was ready and able to help in any way he could. He always brightened the day when he was present. He will be serious missed by all who knew him.

  2. What an incredible man Hans was. As a formal educator, I know that he touched the lives of several hundred Aggie Petroleum Engineers. I knew him more as a friend and co-worker, and what I will always remember about Hans was this incredible intellect and curiosity, his humility, his smile, and his genuine desire to help those around him. He was quite the gentleman. I will miss him, as will many, many more. I pray that his family and friends find comfort in the great memories that Hans left with us. I was so blessed to have known him.

  3. My sincere condolences to the family. When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. Remember, our comfort and hope comes from God. So rest your hope on God (Psalms 83:18)and his promises because
    he cares for you.1 Peter 1:3.
    John 11:25- Jesus said to her: “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life.

  4. Hans and I had a friendship that started in our hometown of Drammen, Norway, in 1943 and has lasted thereafter despite long distances, professional careers, and growing families.
    We have managed to meet at irregular intervals even when we both were busy in our jobs.
    It was suddenly simpler to meet after be both retired and from then on, we brought our families together and travelled with them to different places like Alaska, Panama, and Barbados.
    I suppose the friendship between Hans and me is the longest lasting of his friendships outside the family.
    The reason for this is of course Hans’ personality. He took a personal interest in all events of our lives and assured of his sympathy when that was needed.
    He was a keen partner in discussions whatever the subject might be.
    It is difficult to express feelings in moments like this. My thoughts go to his family who suffer from this loss.

  5. Hans was one of the finest people that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. For the past 23 years I was fortunate to get to know Hans as a professor, advisor, mentor and best of all a friend. His door was always open for students and colleagues, and I probably took advantage of this too many times. I will always cherish our friendship, and the “driller’s lunches” we had in the past year or so. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  6. Dr. Juvkam-Wold was an incredible professor and mentor! He will be missed My condolences to his family. Here is one vignette: When I was evaluating my job offers, I asked for his advice on moving to Alaska (vs staying closer to home). He said if he had job up there – and told his wife, she would be packed by the time he got home. That was enough for me! I have enjoyed the variety of the global oil patch ever since and can thank him for pointing me in the right direction.

  7. Hans was one of my very best friends. We were colleagues in the Petroleum engineering department since 1985 at Texas A&M and worked together on many projects.
    We once discovered an ancient family link that went back to Viking days. After that we always called each other “cuz.” Patty and I were in Barbados with Hans, his family and friends to celebrate his 80th birthday last November. We all had a great time. After that we met at lunch every two weeks with a small group of retired professors where we always had some good talks and drank our signature drink, Sangria.
    I still have some basic ingredients for Bajan rum punch, his favorite, in my refrigerator, which were waiting for Hans to return to health after his hospitalization. So, cousin Hans, I know we will still get a chance to drink some more together, but not just yet.

  8. Hans was a wonderful man. I use to tell Per if aliens were to visit the earth it would be best to send his dad. That way the human race would have a great representative. He was witty, kind and loving. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. He will be truly missed.

  9. Such a great man who I have never met but my cousin Sonja and my second cousin Danielle have had the pleasure of knowing him.

  10. Our Heavenly Father receive my beloved doctoral degree Advisor in his Kingdom.

    Mi querido Jefe siempre recordare su cariño y paciencia….

    Paz a sus restos

  11. I regret that my acquaintance with Hans was so brief. After his marriage to Connie We all went our separate ways. Clearly it would have been a pleasure to call him my friend. I send my condolences to his family,especially to Greta and Per as I knew Connie in Cadtine. I am sure you feel blessed to have had such a wonderful father. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. Mary Macomber Weissblum (Bob’s sister)

  12. Per and Lauren – I’m so sorry for your loss. He sounds like a truly remarkable man. I’m praying for you and your extended family. You have such a sweet family that his light will go on forever. Kathy Mast

  13. My absolute heartfelt sympathy to Ann and Hans’ entire family but especially to my best friend Greta who I have had the pleasure of being friends with since we were 11 years old and to her brother Per. Even though I have known Greta this long, some 37 years now, unfortunately I did not know Hans as well as I wish I did, but the time himself and my husband had together in Barbados recently sitting around a table with Greta and Hans’ favourite drink ‘Bajan Rum Punch’ was truly special.

    All our love
    Allison & Steve

  14. I met Hans at Texas A&M. I will always remember his kindness, positivity and helpful advice. And his Norwegian jumpers.

  15. I first met Hans in 1969 when we were both staring our post- doctoral careers at Gulf Research, in Harmarville PA. We became close friends and enjoyed sharing our experiences raising our young families. This was a time when moving house meant gathering friends and hiring a rental truck. Hans was a willing helper, particularly with the heavy items such as refrigerators.
    Hans and I worked on a high pressure, abrasive drilling system and Hans became an expert in designing drill bits made from tungsten carbide with nozzles that could that would withstand very high differential pressures (5,000 -10,000 psi) with drilling fluids containing steel pellets.
    He was a health nut in those days and talked his friends into taking high doses on vitamin C. I am not convinced it did any of us any good but he was very convincing.
    He was a “straight arrow”. Always dependable, honest and ready to help. He will be missed.

  16. I was saddened to hear Dr. Hans Juvkam-Wold passed away. He was the best teacher I ever had. I was blessed to have him as my supervising professor in my pursuing of doctoral degree at Texas A&M University in 25+ years ago. I always remember his generous, kindness, and willingness in helping his students. Dr. Hans Juvkam-Wold will be truly missed and remembered by all his students. My absolute heartfelt condolence goes to Ann and Hans’ entire family. May God’s comfort be with you on the time ahead.

  17. To Ann;

    All our Condolences to you and your family. Hans was an absolute Dear Friend though Karen’s and my stay at Texas A & M University (1994- 2014). I will never forget our participation in a particular College of Engineering Retreat. Before starting we HAD to have a nice bottle of single malt Scotch. I will always remember that wonderful – wonderful SMILE!!! A Terrible Shock to all of us who knew him.

    Ann, we are enjoying our new home in Colorado. Please stop by and stay with us any time you can. All our love. JIm and Karen Gilley

  18. Dr. Hans, you are the best teacher I have ever met. You are kind, generous, and smart man. We all miss you a lot.

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