Homecoming 2008 Honors TU Alumni

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The University of Tulsa will honor the accomplishments of three distinguished alumni during an Oct. 2 luncheon held in conjunction with Homecoming 2008.

Being recognized as TU Distinguished Alumni are: Arthur H. “Chip” McElroy II, President and CEO, McElroy Manufacturing Inc.; Layn Phillips, Partner, Irell & Manella LLP; and Duane Wilson, a former ConocoPhillips executive.

Chip McElroy (BS ’85), Distinguished Alumnus

Through Chip McElroy’s leadership, McElroy Manufacturing strengthened its position as the world’s largest manufacturer of pipe fusion machines and fintube manufacturing equipment. His leadership also has extended to his alma mater, where he is a member of the TU Board of Trustees and was a founder of the TU President’s Council.

In his role on the Advisory Board for the Department of Mechanical Engineering, he has helped build strong ties between industry and academia. McElroy is a 1995 inductee into the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences Hall of Fame. McElroy and his family have contributed to a wide variety of campus initiatives, including presidential scholarships, the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences, and the McElroy Prototyping Laboratory, which makes TU one of only a few universities with an on-site machine shop for its design students.

Layn Phillips (BS ’74, JD ’77), Distinguished Alumnus

A star TU tennis player, Layn Phillips translated his athletic drive into a career distinguished through national appointments and designations, including U.S. district judge and U.S. attorney. When named a district judge at the age of 34, he became one of the youngest federal judges ever to be appointed.

Following his career on the bench, he entered private practice in California, where he has been named several times to the Southern California “Super Lawyers” list by Los Angeles Magazine. Although he lives in Southern California, Phillips remains close to TU and supports the Golden Hurricane Club, the Michael D. Case Tennis Center and the tennis program.

Duane Wilson (BS ’62), Distinguished Alumnus

During a 40 year career with ConocoPhillips, chemical engineer Duane Wilson made a vital impact to the firm as vice president of research and engineering and vice president of refining, marketing, supply and transportation – technology. Following his retirement, he was asked by U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker III to help investigate safety practices and safety culture at British Petroleum’s five U.S. refineries.

As a member of the TU Board of Trustees and chair of the board’s technology commercialization committee, Wilson is focused on transforming TU research into patents and products with the potential to generate income. Wilson was inducted into the Engineering Hall of Fame in 1988. Wilson and his family have contributed to a wide variety of campus initiatives, including H.A. Chapman Stadium, the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences, and endowed scholarships.


For information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations, at (918) 631-2555. Full details about TU Homecoming 2008 are available at www.utulsa.edu/alumni/homecoming.