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George W. Dupree

Distinguished Engineer: 1975

Degree: Electrical Engineering – 1938

Citation at Time of Nomination in 1975

George W. Dupree, born in 1917 in Hillsboro, Texas, received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech in 1938. The following year, he was awarded a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

After jobs as student engineer with companies in Missouri and Rhode Island and 3 1/2 years of commissioned service in the U.S. Air Force, he joined Southwestern Public Service Company, Amarillo, Texas, in 1946, as engineer in the Systems Engineering Department, becoming an electrical engineer of that company’s Operations Department in 1947. The chief engineer of their Planning Department in 1952 and, in 1960, director of rates and budget, he moved into a vice presidency in 1966, and finally in 1967, became Southwestern Public Service Company’s vice president of operations.

Mr. Dupree, a Registered Professional Engineer in both Texas and New Mexico, has authored seven publications and in 1963 was named Engineer of the Year by the Panhandle Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, an organization in which he has been active since 1947. He is also a member of the Panhandle Chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Alpha Chi and Tau Beta Pi.

As a long time civic and religious leader of his city, he is an active Rotarian, chairman of the Special Gifts Division of the American Cancer Society; a member and former member of a variety of boards and committees of the Amarillo Chapter, American Red Cross; former chairman of the Professional Division, United Way; and a member of the finance committee and the administrative board of his church.

George W. Dupree, through the demonstration of balanced excellence of administrative talent in the fields of engineering and of civic service, has earned from Texas Tech University the accolade: DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.

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