Industrial Engineering – 1957
Larry R. Byrd was born in Brownsville, Texas, but his family later moved to Lubbock and it was from Lubbock High School that he graduated, having been honored by being elected president of the student body in his senior year.
He entered Texas Tech and continued to win recognition for his outstanding abilities. He was elected president of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity; honored in Tech Salutes; was Engineering Representative to the Tech Supreme Court; elected President of the Junior Class; was Distinguished AFROTC Cadet in 1957; and Distinguished Military Graduate. He was a Cadet Colonel in the Tech AFROTC, a member of the American Institute of Industrial Engineers, and on the Engineering Dean’s List. He graduated in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering.
From 1958–1960, he served in the 343rd Fighter Group, United States Air Force and attained the rank of Captain.
Mr. Byrd was employed as an engineer with E–I–M Company, Inc. in Houston, Texas from 1957–58 and from 1960–1974 held various management assignments with Exxon Company, USA. In 1974, he became President of All Plastics Molding, Inc. in Addison, Texas.
All Plastics Molding custom molds plastics for industrial customers. Mold designs are engineered and built by this company which operates 3 shifts, 24 hours a day, 6 days a week with approximately 70 employees. Some of their customers include Texas Instruments, IBM, Liquid Paper, and Mary Kay Cosmetics.
Mr. Byrd is actively involved in numerous activities, several of which involve Texas Tech. He is president of the Texas Tech Ex–Students Association, past chairman of the Texas Tech Ex–Students Association Century Club and Loyalty Fund, and is a member of the Texas Tech Industrial Engineering Advisory Board. He is on the Board of Directors of M.O.V., Inc., Houston, Texas; a member of the Board of Directors for the Addison Business Association; vice chairman of the Texas Association of Business National Affairs Committee; and a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas.
Mr. Byrd takes his religious faith seriously and at present is not only Sunday School teacher at Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas, but is also teaching leader of the Dallas Men’s Bible Study Fellowship, and area advisor for Men’s Bible Study Fellowship in Texas and Oklahoma.
Larry Byrd (spelled with a y) married Patricia Ann Bird (spelled with an i) in 1958. Their birthday is the same day and year – he being fifteen minutes older. They have two daughters Deborah Lynn and Julie Ann. He and his family enjoy tennis and golf.
It is in recognition of his all–around achievements – both in his profession and community that Texas Tech University names Larry R. Byrd a DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.