Charles E. Nearburg D’72 Th’73, ’74

Charles E. Nearburg President/Owner, Nearburg Producing Co., Dallas, TX

Board Member: Elected 1990

A.B. Dartmouth College
B.E./M.E. Thayer School of Engineering

Charles Nearburg founded his independent oil and gas exploration company in 1979. A leading independent producer with offices in Dallas and Midland, Texas, his company has received two environmental awards from the Bureau of Land Management. Nearburg has also restored significant trout habitat in New Mexico and at Broadacres Ranch in Creede, Colorado, his Orvis endorsed fly-fishing lodge which employs numerous Dartmouth students as guides and ranch hands each year.

Nearburg is a dedicated, hands-on supporter of pediatric cancer research. He was instrumental in establishing the Rett Nearburg International Ewing's Sarcoma Research Symposium, which has convened four times in the last 12 years. Nearburg also serves on the Board of Advisors of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Foundation.

A graduate of St. Mark's School of Texas, he is in his 21st year as a Trustee and has received its Alumni Service Award.

An engineering/studio art major at Dartmouth, Charles has served as Class of 1972 Reunion Giving Co-Chair twice; served on the Board of Overseers at Thayer School since 1990; served as Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of The Campaign for the Dartmouth Experience from 2003–09; serves on the Board of Overseers at the Hood Museum of Art; and is a member of the President’s Leadership Council. Nearburg has mentored the student-run Dartmouth Formula Racing Team since its inception in 1995. In 2007 he was recognized with the Dartmouth Alumni Award.

Nearburg also serves as a trustee at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and the Art Center College of Design.

Working his way up the professional car racing ladder, Nearburg's career culminated in 1997 driving the late Walter Payton’s Indy car in the CART FedEx Championship. He has also driven at the LeMans and Daytona 24-Hour Races and the Sebring 12 Hours with 4th and 10th place overall finishes. Following his son Rett’s death in 2005, Charles focused on racing the “Spirit of Rett” streamliner at Bonneville. He now holds 6 of the fastest records at Bonneville. In September 2010 he set an FIA record of 414.5mph, breaking the 45-year old record of the Summer Brothers’ Goldenrod, and made the “Spirit of Rett” the fastest single engine car in history.

Nearburg has a daughter, Anna D’10. His beloved son, Rett (21), lost an 11-year battle with Ewing's Sarcoma on January 14, 2005 (www.rett.org).