Program for Strategic Research and Studies

The American Experience in Saudi Arabia

The Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Program for Strategic Research and Studies (PMBF Program) at the University of Central Florida is proud to announce the first installment of the oral history project entitled “The American Experience in Saudi Arabia.”

This initiative features a series of in-depth interviews, primarily with individuals now residing in Florida who previously worked for Saudi Aramco. These individuals lived and worked in the Kingdom during times of profound social, economic and political change.


Bert Seal worked as a photographer in Saudi Arabia first arriving in the Kingdom in 1955

Charlie Hudson worked in Saudi Arabia from 1979-2007

Originally from North Carolina, Joe Allen spent 5 years working in Saudi Arabia from 1981-1986. During his time in the Kingdom, he worked as a graphics, video and photography developer for the Facilities Planning Department and Resource Planning Department.

Rick Patterson was Senior Adviser to the National Commercial Bank in Saudi Arabia from 1976 to 1979

Bob Morgan was a pilot for Aramco from January 1946 to July 1947, after which he flew for Saudi Arabian Airlines where he had the great pleasure of working directly with King Abulaziz Al Sa’ud.

Hugh Renfroe has lived and worked in Saudi Arabia for over 6 decades, first arriving in the Kingdom in 1952 with the Arabian-American Oil Company. Throughout his tenure, Renfroe has worked in various capacities including his most recent endeavor, Executive Producer for the Documentary entitled Arabia.

Richard Kruger resided in Saudi Arabia from 1978 to 2012, living in five different cities- Al-Khobar, Dhahran, Riyadh, Jeddah and Yanbu.

Martin and Rosemary Levine lived and worked in Saudi Arabia from 1981- 1992, a time period in which the Kingdom underwent many significant changes. This interview, with PMBF Director, David Dumke, documents their tenure in the Kingdom and gives a fresh perspective on life in the region.

Please click the video above to learn more about their experience.

Opinions and observations expressed by participants in these videos are solely of the participants and may not be held or endorsed by UCF or the Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Program for Strategic Research and Studies and its partners. These interviews are based on the memories of individual participants and do not necessarily represent historic fact or timeline.