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Andrew W. Decora
Bachelor of Science - 1950 - Chemistry
Master of Science - 1957 - Chemistry
Doctor of Philosophy - 1962 - Chemistry
Juris Doctor - 1990
Andy Decora likens a liberal education to "filling a tool box with a set of tools that one can reach for as needed. The more tools in the box, the greater chance for flexibility and the greater probability of success in one's undertakings." He knows what he's talking about, having successfully built multiple careers on his UW education.
Following service with the Army Chemical Corps, he worked for 32 years in chemistry and energy development for the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA), and the Department of Energy (DOE). As Director of DOE's Laramie Energy Technology Center, he established cooperative efforts between UW and LETC to study extraction technologies for new energy sources. He is nationally and internationally recognized in this field. He received ERDA's 1976 Distinguished Service Award and, in 1980, was asked by the U.N. Secretary-General to be an expert member on an Oil Shale and Tar Sands Panel of the U.N. Conference on New and Renewable Sources of Energy. He was subsequently elected chair of this prestigious panel. This distinguished public service career is equaled by Decora's many business and community activities. He has been president of his own management consulting company, president of Citizens Bank in Laramie, and campaign manager for a state gubernatorial candidate. He has worked with scouting, the local Chamber, and is past president of the Ivinson Memorial Hospital Foundation. He is a charter member of the Laramie chapter of Toastmasters International. At age 35, he began an eight-year study of classical piano. In 1987, he entered law school at UW, receiving his degree almost 40 years to the day from the date of his BS. A member of the Wyoming Bar, he is a full-time practicing attorney.