Samuel W. Jack Jr., a successful businessman and philanthropist in Indiana, was
the president of the S.W. Jack Drilling Company and J and J Enterprises.
Oil and gas drilling industry leaders recognized Jack’s leadership for introducing
portable wheel-mounted rotary drilling equipment to the Appalachian Basin. That
production technology is said to have revolutionized oil and gas exploration in this region
of the country.
Under Jack’s leadership, the S.W. Jack Drilling Company became the largest
independent drilling operation east of the Mississippi River, and J and J Enterprises grew
to become the largest independent producer of natural gas in the eastern United States.
Jack served for 16 years as a director of S&T Bancorp and as the chairman of the
board from 1983 to 1990; was an advocate for Citizens’ Ambulance Service; and was a
founder of the Life Flight medical helicopter transportation service.
Well-known as a benefactor of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Jack and his
wife, Nell, endowed a distinguished lecturer series and he was recognized when the
university named its cogeneration power plant in his honor.
His associates considered Jack an outstanding person, ever loyal to Indiana
County, and he and his wife were honored in 1983 with the Indiana Countian Award for
excellence. Jack also was named a director emeritus of the chamber in 1983.
A former member of the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce once said, “Sam
Jack has displayed to us that integrity, loyalty, bravery and courage are elementary to the
action of a giant, but are common only to a few in each generation.”