W. LeRoy Culbertson Awarded University Alumni Medallion

Posted October 01, 1972

W. LeRoy Culbertson was graduated with honors from Kansas State University in 1939 and has gone on to a distinguished world-wide career as an executive officer in one of this country's major oil companies. Starting as an engineer in the natural gas and gasoline department of the Phillips Petroleum Company, he has progressed through the company ranks where he currently is vice president in charge of the gas and gas liquids department headquartered in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. He also is vice president and director of the Phillips Natural Gas Company and Alamo Chemical Company, wholly owned subsidiaries. A colleague once said "Although Mr. Culbertson has had a hand in many of the developments in his field of Phillips diversified operations, his outstanding achievement is probably his pioneering work in the field of liquefaction of natural gas."

His distinguished engineering career has included being named "Engineer of the Year" for 1969 by the Oklahoma Society of Professional Engineers, a group he also served as president; his participation on the Southern Gas Association Advisory Council; and his active membership in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Kansas State University selected him for the 1970 Distinguished Service Award in the filed of engineering, and in 1971 appointed him to the KSU Engineering Advisory Council for the College of Engineering.

In addition to his dedicated service to engineering, he is a life elder in the Disciples of Christ Church; is active in social, fraternal and civic organizations, including the school board. 

In recognition of your brilliant and distinguished international career, Mr. Culbertson, Kansas State University and its Alumni Association proudly present you the University Alumni Medallion.