Textile Engineering – 1934
Donovan Maddox, born in 1910, in Menard, Texas, received the B.S. degree in Textile Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1934, the year he became a student engineer for Dixie Mercerizing Company, Chattanooga, Tennessee.
In 1939, Mr. Maddox joined the American Thread Company in Bristol, Virginia, and in 1942, in Ruby Mills, Gastonia, North Carolina. In 1947, he became general superintendent of Textiles, Incorporated, in Gastonia, then vice president in 1952, director in 1956, executive vice president in 1962, and president in 1971. This rapid and steady advancement is especially significant when the size of Textiles, Incorporated – more than 4,500 employees – is considered.
His rise in status within industry, particularly the textile industry, is shown by the following: Mr. Maddox has served as director of Clyde Fabrics, Newton, North Carolina; as director of New Mexico Electric Company, Hobbs, New Mexico; and in 1954 as president of the Yarn Spinners Association of America. He has served as a member of the Gastonia Chamber of Commerce.
While a student at Texas Tech in 1931, Donovan Maddox was accorded the honor of being elected student body president. Now, 40 years later, his Alma Mater derives great pleasure from bestowing yet another honor, the title of: DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.