Mechanical Engineering – 1941
R.L. Williams was born in 1920 in Gorman, Texas, and received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1941. After graduation he was employed by the Freeport Sulphur Company at its Grande Ecaille Mine.
After serving as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, from 1944 to 1968, Mr. Williams returned to the Freeport Sulphur Company where he was promoted to assistant superintendent of shipping and, three years later, to supervisor of engineering. Three years after that, he became superintendent of maintenance, and in 1962 he was named assistant vice president. While in that position he was active in revolutionizing the system for distribution of sulphur by shipping and storing it in liquid form.
Promoted in 1970 to the vice presidency of his company, Mr. Williams supervised the construction and engineering for the development of the Ertsberg copper mine in Irian Jaya, Indonesia. Later, he served as resident director of Freeport Queensland Nickel, Inc., Queenland, Australia, where he effected the construction and development of his company’s Greenvale nickel–cobalt project.
He is now vice president of both Freeport Minerals Company and Freeport Sulphur Company.
His community service includes a directorship of the Chamber of Commerce of the New Orleans area. He is a member of the Louisiana Engineering Society.
Texas Tech University designates R. L. Williams: DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.