Civil Engineering – 1932
The testimony regarding R. Trent Campbell as a candidate for citation is pleasant to review. Among the tributes paid him by associates and employees are that he continuously maintains an even disposition; that he evidences a generous heart and consideration for others; and that he is a man of impeccable character, great modesty, and a natural leader, whose co–workers feel needed and wanted, and are thus motivated to loyalty and excellent performance. So, too, do the young men enabled by his generosity to pursue their work in and to graduate from the Texas Tech College of Engineering always remember him.
Born in Olney, Texas, educated in Lubbock public schools and at Texas Tech, Mr. Campbell’s first professional post was with the Texas Highway Department. After subsequent affiliation with a California steel corporation, he joined Mosher Steel Company, later becoming its manager of sales in Dallas.
After sixteen years’ experience in the steel industry, Mr. Campbell bought and developed a steel fabrication company which in ten years became the second largest in Texas, a tribute to his ability to motivate staff to maximum performance.
When in 1960 Campbell Steel Company was absorbed by Mosher Steel Company, Mr. Campbell became that company’s executive vice president and a member of its Executive Committee and Board of Directors. He serves on the boards of firms in San Antonio, Austin, Houston, and Chicago.
His professional association memberships, the civic organizations which he has counseled and has directed, and his church activities bespeak the depth of his social penetration and identification.
So it is with respect and pleasure that Texas Tech University confers upon R. Trent Campbell the designation: DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.