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Joe A. Stanley

Joe A. Stanley

Distinguished Engineer



Civil Engineering – 1939



At Time of Nomination in 1983

Joe A. Stanley was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and graduated from high school in Brownwood, Texas in 1933. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech in 1939 and did graduate work in sanitary engineering at Vanderbilt University in 1940.

Mr. Stanley accepted employment with the Texas State Department of Health in 1940, initially as a junior engineer and later as district sanitary engineer. In 1946, he accepted employment with the City of Lubbock as city sanitary engineer, then in 1947 he established the Hygeia Bottled Water Company and the Hygeia Sprinkler and Equipment Company, Lubbock, Texas, which he operated for many years before selling them. Mr. Stanley is presently the president of Continental Water Systems of the Plains. He has had various papers published in the Proceedings of the American and Texas Bottled Water Association and has written procedures and standards which have been accepted by the American Bottled Water Association and the U.S. Government General Services Administration to sanitizing bottled water type coolers. He has received patents on equipment relating to the production of ultra–high purity water and has edited a manual for bottled water plant operations which was the first work of this nature in the U.S.

Mr. Stanley has been chairman of the City–County Board of Health and has held positions of responsibility at both the local and national level in the American Bottled Water Association. He was appointed to the National Weathermatic Dealer Advisory Council in 1965 and has been a member of the Ozarka Dealer Advisory Committee; president of the Texas Turf Irrigation Association; and chairman of the Youth and Career Guidance Committee of Sales and Marketing Executives, International. He was honored by the Texas Society of Professional Engineers as "Engineer of the Year" in 1970 for the South Plains. Mr. Stanley is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas and is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, Texas Society of Professional Engineers, American Water Works Association, and the American and Texas Bottled Water Associations.

Mr. Stanley was selected "Outstanding Young Man" of Lubbock in 1946 and was one of five selected for the State of Texas; received the Outstanding Member Award plaque from American Bottled Water Association in 1961–62; Award of Excellence plaque from the Community Planning Council in 1962; awarded Small Business Man of the Year for the State of Texas in 1966; received International Franchises Association Distinguished Achievement Award in 1968: and received a Certificate of Citation from the State of Texas House of Representatives in 1973. He is listed in Who&rsquot;s Who in Texas, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry and Who&requo;s Who in the South and Southwest.

Joe Stanley has been very active in civic affairs. He has been a delegate to the State Democratic Convention, president of the YMCA Board of Directors, Chairman of Boys Home Ranch Study Committee for the Community Planning Council, Chairman of the United Fund Commercial Division campaign and co–chairman of the Budget Committee, appointed to the Municipal Utilities Board, chairman of the Citizens Advisory Council, chairman of the Advertising Subcommittee of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, the member serving the longest time on the Board of Managers of the Lubbock County Hospital District, director and secretary–treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Lubbock Boys Clubs, Inc., and member of the Board of Trustees, Tech Dads Association.

Mr. Stanley is married to the former Mildred Dutton Knox. They have two children, Carole Ann and Joseph A. III. The Stanleys attend the First Baptist Church, Lubbock, Texas.

It is indeed a privilege for Texas Tech to designate Joe A. Stanley a DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.

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