Textile Engineering – 1948
Robert L. Hale was born in Commerce, Texas, and graduated from East Texas Demonstration High School in 1941. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Textile Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1948.
After graduation from Tech, Mr. Hale soon developed an outstanding record in textile manufacturing. He was employed for many years with J. P. Stevens and Company, one of the largest textile manufacturers in the world. He was general manager and director of J. P. Stevens denim production and operated a large manufacturing plant in Rock Hill, South Carolina, for a number of years.
When the American Cotton Growers began their search for a vice president and general manager for the denim plant at Littlefield, Mr. Hale was selected because of his outstanding record, extensive experience in denim manufacturing, and his reputation throughout the industry. Since coming to Littlefield, Mr. Hale has done an excellent job producing denim fabric from West Texas cotton and in operating the plant in such a manner that it has been very successful. The Littlefield plant has the highest efficiency rating of any manufacturer in the United States and has the least amount of second grade fabric produced.
Mr. Hale has been active in the American Textile Manufacturing Institute, the Southern Textile Association, the American Apparel Manufacturing Association and the Phi Psi Textile Fraternity. He was president of Phi Psi West during 1983.
Mr. Hale was president of the Littlefield Chamber of Commerce during 1983 and has served on the West Texas Chamber of Commerce and American Red Cross Board of Directors.
Mr. Hale has a daughter, Helen, age 30 and a son Paul, age 22.
It is indeed a privilege for Texas Tech to designate Robert L. Hale as DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.