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Ray Butler

Ray Butler

Distinguished Engineer



Petroleum Engineering – 1949



At Time of Nomination in 1975

Ray Butler, born in 1926 in Rising Star, Texas, began his higher education studies at Southwestern University in 1943 and in 1949 was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University.

After serving three years in the U.S. Navy and achieving the commissioned rank of Lieutenant (j.g.), Mr. Butler joined the staff of Conoco Oil Company in the capacity of district engineer. Five years later he became superintendent of HR. Smith Company, Alice, Texas, and two years later became associated with Harkins & Company, also of Alice, an organization which he has served with distinction for twenty–one years and of which he is now president.

Mr. Butler has demonstrated his administrative talent in a wide range of activities and areas, of which a partial listing is: Director of the International Association of Drilling Contractors, of whose Texas Gulf Coast district he is vice–president; Director of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers; Director of the Alice Boys’ Club; and trustee of the Mary Dinn Reynolds Foundation.

For the unwavering application of his exceptional engineering talent in industry, and for the wide range of his administrative participation in the activities of civic and social agencies, Texas Tech University receives both pleasure and honor from the designation of Ray Butler as a DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.

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