Chemical Engineering – 1938
Executive, manager, and engineer of many talents with many experiences are appropriate descriptive terms to relate to Daniel T. McDonald, Jr. This Blackwell, Texas, native has left the stamp of his influence on the petroleum and chemical business in such places as Texas, Illinois, New Jersey, Kansas, the District of Columbia, and Western Canada.
This career, diverse in many respects, began with the award of Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering from Texas Tech in 1938 and from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1939. For the next 14 years, Mr. McDonald worked as chief process and design engineer in the Natural Gas Department of Magnolia Petroleum Company. Since that initial experience, he has moved steadily upward through a series of top management positions which included his being vice president and director of the Murmanill Corporation in Dallas; executive vice president and director of Goliad Oil and Gas Company and its nine subsidiaries in Calgary, Alberta, Canada; president and director of the Anlin Companies of Illinois and New Jersey; and now, president and general manager of Consolidated Storage, Incorporated, of Houston, a corporation which is involved in the underground storage of liquefied petroleum gases.
Signs of leadership skills emerged before Mr. McDonald left Texas Tech, and in 1937–38, in addition to his Tau Beta Pi membership, he was president of Alpha Chi. He has been a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers since 1945, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.
Involving himself in such a variety of activities as to bring prestige to the engineering profession and honor to himself, he served in the federal government’s Petroleum Administration for Defense during the Korean Conflict. After his move to Alberta, he served as president of the Canadian Natural Gas Processing Association and was on its Board of Directors for four years. He is also past president of the Propane Gas Association of Canada and was a member of this organization’s Board of Directors for six years. He was chairman of the Transportation Committee of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and, for five years, was a trustee of Calgary’s Bow River Beautification Association.
We are proud that Texas Tech conferred the original chemical engineering degree upon this man who has progressed so far and achieved so much. The College of Engineering honors itself and him in bestowing this award upon Daniel T. McDonald, Jr., DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.