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R. David Damron

Distinguished Engineer: 1990

Degree: Chemical Engineering – 1961

Citation at Time of Nomination in 1990

R. David Damron, born August 1, 1938, in Jacksboro, Texas, received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1961.

Upon graduation from Texas Tech in 1961, he began working at Hoechst Celanese Chemical Company. During his almost 29 years with Hoechst Celanese, Mr. Damron has had job responsibilities varying from process engineering design to economical analysis, technical and manufacturing management, administration, and management of government affairs. His work has led him to seven different Celanese locations.

At present, hers Manager of Government Affairs in Dallas, Texas, where he coordinates the formulation, approval, and communication of Celanese’s positions on priority issues to federal and state legislators and regulatory agencies. He is a registered lobbyist in the State of Texas.

Mr. Damron is involved in several professional organizations. He is Chairman of the Technical Liaison of the National Petroleum Refiners Association and Co–Chairman of the Coalition to Oppose Energy Taxes. In addition, he serves as Vice–Chairman of the Special Energy Advisory Group of the Chemical Manufacturers Association. He also is Co–Chairman of State Affairs of the Texas Association of Business––Dallas Chapter. He has had an article––"Which Cools Cheaper, Water or Air?"––published in Hydrocarbon Processing (February 1965).

Mr. Damron has given leadership in many civic organizations. He has served as Director of the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce and Director of the Corpus Christi Rotary Club. He has been an officer for the Corpus Christi Chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. In addition, he has been a member of the Texas Tech Chemical Engineering Industrial Advisory Board and served on the President’s Council at Corpus Christi State University. He also is a deacon at First Baptist Church, Arlington, Texas.

Mr. Damron and his wife, Barbara, have four children, Denise, Mark, Joanna, and Greg.

It is an honor and a pleasure for Texas Tech to recognize R. David Damron as DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.

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