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Harold McCaskey Tau Beta Pi Alumnus Eminent Engineer

August 11, 2014

Harold McCaskey, a native of Lander, WY, graduated from UW in 1947 with a degree in general engineering with a chemical engineering option. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. In 1949 he received a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan. Mr. McCaskey spent most of his career in South America, Iran, the North Sea, Africa, Louisiana, and Texas as a drilling engineer and superintendent for the Gulf and Chevron Oil Corporations.

A man who came from humble beginnings, Mr. McCaskey has provided a scholarship endowment to assist Wyoming natives, who as good students, might need assistance in completing his/her education and achieving their highest aspirations. Harold also established a chemical engineering scholarship in memory of his beloved wife “Bette.” Harold and Bette were childhood friends who met again many years later and married. They shared a deep love for Wyoming and commitment to the College of Engineering and Applied Science. Harold credits Bette for their philanthropic support. In October 2008, the College of Engineering and Applied Science re-dedicated the Harold and Elizabeth McCaskey Seminar Room in Engineering. The upgrades to the McCaskey Seminar Room (engineering room 1062) were made due to extraordinary support from Harold, who was also responsible for the original room renovation in the 1990’s. Now retired, Harold makes his home in Lander and remains interested and active in College of Engineering and Applied Science programs and events.



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