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Donald R. Clark

Distinguished Engineer: 1977

Degree: Industrial Engineering – 1959

Citation at Time of Nomination in 1977

From the time of his initial enrollment at Texas Tech until his 1959 graduation with high honors and a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering, Donald R. Clark had an air of success about him. During his college days this "Oklahoman turned Texan" not only built a strong record of academic achievement, but also one of leadership. He held various office positions in Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Pi Mu, Kappa Mu Epsilon, and the Student Chapter of the American Institute of Industrial Engineers.

Mr. Clark’s entire professional career has been spent with Continental Oil Company where he has progressed from engineering trainee to his present position as vice president for international marketing. He served in various engineering and management positions during his first seven years with CONOCO and, for the next three, coordinated all of the company’s transportation needs. He began his second decade with an assignment to the marketing department and served as manager and general manager of various marketing functions until he was named to his present position in 1976. In 1972, he completed the Sloan School Program for Senior Executives, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Most recently Mr. Clark has had major responsibilities in projects dealing with state and federal regulatory bodies. He has frequently testified before the Federal Energy Administration and a variety of Congressional groups. He has supplemented demanding company duties with a healthy involvement in professional, civic and church-related activities.

Mr. Clark has memberships in American Petroleum Institute, and National Petroleum Refiners Associations. He was advisor and director of Houston’s Junior Achievement Program in 1974, and in 1974–75 was chairman of the Industrial Advisory Board of the Department of Industrial Engineering, Texas Tech University.

In church activities, he has served as deacon and has held membership on a number of committees.

Truly the career of Mr. Clark has been of such brilliance that it has reflected very favorably upon the school which presented him his formal training. Texas Tech is very proud to designate Donald R. Clark: DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.

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