Petroleum Engineering – 1949
Roy Butler, born in 1926 in Rising Star, Texas, earned two degrees at Texas Tech. The first, a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering, was awarded in 1949 and the second, a Master of Science degree with a major in petroleum geology, was completed one year later.
Mr. Butler’s distinguished professional career began in 1950 when he joined Continental Oil Company as a production engineer where he worked both at the district and regional levels. In 1955, he joined Samedan Oil Corporation in the same capacity and three years later became manager of production. By 1965, he had become the company’s president. He also holds a directorship in the Noble Drilling Corporation of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and currently is executive vice president of Noble Affiliates, Incorporated. Other activities in his varied business involvements include an advisory trusteeship for the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and a director’s position with the Lincoln Center Savings and Loan Association.
In spite of his heavy load of business commitments, Mr. Butler fits a large measure of civic activities into his schedule. He is a former member of the Board of City Commissioners and a former mayor of Ardmore, Oklahoma. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army, a member of the Board of Trustees of Southern Oklahoma Memorial Hospital, a member of the Board of Stewards of Ardmore’s First Methodist Church, and a former chairman of that board.
Mr. Butler’s professional and academic society memberships include Tau Beta Pi; Sigma Gamma Epsilon Tau; American Petroleum Institute; American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers, Incorporated; and Independent Petroleum Association of America.
It is a genuine pleasure for Texas Tech University to recognize the exceptional civic contributions and career achievements of Roy Butler by designating him: DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.