Oral History Collection

MAIN ENTRY: Ducker, William Lyon
DATE OF INTERVIEW: November 2, 1973
LOCATION OF INTERVIEW: Lubbock, Texas
INTERVIEWER: Jeff Townsend
LENGTH OF INTERVIEW: 1 hour
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: William Lyon Ducker, Texas Tech professor of petroleum engineering from 1948 to 1971, tells his life history.
TAPE ONE, SIDE ONE:
Family background
Education
     Engineering background recalled
     Does not have a Petroleum Engineering degree
Designed plant equipment for petro-chemical operations
Worked for Consolidated Gas Service Corporation
Was unemployed for 1 1/2 years
Describes his 2 brothers and 1 sister
Went to Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1933 and found a job
     Built geo-physical equipment
     Was in charge of research, development, and
          manufacturing subsidiary
     Traces the company's expansion
TAPE ONE, SIDE TWO: Became chief engineer with an oil field equipment firm
Set up a project engineering company in 1940
Became state manager of the War Production Board
     Lists conflicts he had
Opened up his project engineering company again
In 1947 Texas Tech asked him to being their petroleum
     engineering department
     Describes the department beginnings
     Problems with Dr. Patton of the Geology Department
Opinion of the college's name change
Committees he has served on
Was the only full professor and department head with no
     graduate degree
RANGE DATES: 1930s-1947
BULK DATES: 1930s-1947