Bucknell Engineering Alumni Association
Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award
D. Lee Hamilton
Class of 1957
2007 Award Recipient
Congratulations, D. Lee Hamilton.
You attended Bucknell University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree in 1957. As an undergraduate, you were a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, received an Armstrong Cork Company Scholarship, and were inducted into the Leadership Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa. You served as Vice President of the Class of 1957, Vice President of the Bucknell University Student Government, President of Sigma Chi fraternity, and co-captain of the varsity soccer team. You earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1965.
Since graduation you have distinguished yourself in your chosen profession and as a loyal and vital volunteer for Bucknell University and the College of Engineering.
As a commissioned officer, you served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Germany from 1957 until 1959. Just prior to active duty with the military, your civilian career began with Exxon Corporation in 1957, continuing with that corporation through 1988. From 1959 to 1979 you held many positions, including Products and Planning Manager, Industrial Business; Assistant General Manager, Supply Department; and Regional Manager (Western United States) with Exxon Company, USA. In 1979 you served as the Executive Assistant to the President of Exxon Corporation followed by assignments as Vice President of Supply & Transportation, then Senior Vice President of Exxon International Company; Deputy Manager of Petroleum Products Department of Exxon Corporation; and Vice President (Downstream), Esso Europe. Beginning in 1986, you held the position of Vice President of Marketing for Exxon International Company until your retirement from Exxon Corporation in 1988. In 1989 you served as Executive Vice President for the OHM Corporation, an environmental services company, until your (second) retirement in 1992.
Since 2003, you have served as the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the United States Tennis Association, the National Governing Body for professional and recreational tennis in the United States.
You have served as a member of the Bucknell University Board of Trustees since 1984, and as Chairman of the Board of Trustees from 2001 through 2003. You and your wife, Molly, established in 1995 the Barbara Wolford Wyma Endowed Scholarship in memory of your wife's sister. You provided major contributions to the Breakiron Engineering Building, the Friends of Gary Sojka for the Athletics & Recreation Center, and the Presidential Endowed Discretionary Fund.
The length and depth of your commitment to Bucknell have been extraordinary. Your accomplishments, wisdom, gentle professionalism, and dedication to your alma mater have earned you the enduring respect and gratitude of your fellow engineering alumni, the College of Engineering, and Bucknell University.
It is therefore with the highest regard and warmest affection that on February 23, 2007, the Bucknell University College of Engineering and the Bucknell Engineering Alumni Association present to D. Lee Hamilton, Class of 1957, the 2007 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award.