Three inducted into Louisiana Tech Hall of Distinguished Alumni

May 21, 2012 | General News

Three Louisiana Tech alumni received the Tower Medallion award and were therefore inducted into the Hall of Distinguished Alumni at commencement on Saturday.
Dr. Bobby Lyle and Lucius and Mildred McGehee were presented the award based on their achievement, community service and their dedication to the university.
Lyle, a 1963 mechanical engineering graduate, has also received Tech’s Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Alumnus Award and was chosen to serve as keynote speaker for the College of Engineering and Science Convocation in 2011. In 2010, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Volunteer Center of North Texas.
Lyle graduated with his master’s from Southern Methodist University and his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He founded Lyco Energy Corporation and is a recognized leader in his field. He also has worked with the Boy Scouts of America, Texas Advisory Board of the Salvation Army and others.
Mildred McGehee and Lucius McGehee, her husband who died in 2010, were awarded the Tower Medallion.
Mildred, a 1945 graduate of Tech, served on the Advisory Board of the former Home Economics Foundation at Tech and as a director of the Louisiana Tech University Foundation.
Lucius attended Tech from 1938 to 1940 and then left to serve in World War II. He was awarded an honorary doctorate of humanities from Tech in 2000, and Mildred established the Lucius D. McGehee Eminent Scholar Chair in Entrepreneurship. Lucius served on the Board of Directors for ConAgra and was instrumental in organizing Lincoln Bank and Trust and also served on its Board of Directors. He also served as board president of the Northwest Louisiana Production Credit Association.
Lucius also spent much time assisting the Louisiana Methodist Children’s home, Boy Scouts of America, the Greater Tech Foundation and the Ruston/Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.
The McGehees were awarded the Russ Award from the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce in 1997 for their community volunteerism. Additionally, they were instrumental in the rebuilding of Hale Hall and the furnishing of University Hall.
Permanent recognition of all of the members of the Hall of Distinguished Alumni is located in the Marbury Alumni Center.