Charles G. Tullis, P.E.
OUTSTANDING ALUMNUS AWARD for MECHANICAL ENGINEERING: 2008
In recognition of outstanding service and leadership in the engineering profession.
After being discharged from the US Navy in 1946, Mr. Charles Tullis enrolled at Centenary College as a pre-med student. However, in 1948, he decided to change majors and schools, transferring to Louisiana Tech to enter its’ College of Engineering. Mr. Tullis graduated from Tech in January 1951 with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering and took a position in Shreveport, Louisiana, with the J.B. Beaird Company. After spending two years with J.B. Beaird, he accepted a position in Houston, Texas, with Southwest Steel Plate.
In 1955, Mr. Tullis helped form Southwest Industries, Inc. As vice president and chief engineer, he remained with Southwest Industries, Inc., until 1965, at this time acquiring KingTool Company, a fledgling company in Longview, Texas. KingTool personnel designed and marketed a line of oil and gas separation equipment which proved very successful.
In 1967, Mr. Tullis was asked to join the Downtown Longview Rotary Club, serving as its President from 1973-74. He also served as a board member and president of the Greater Longview Chapter of the United Way, was elected to the United Way Board of Directors and was asked to serve as President of the Greater Longview United Way in the Campaign Year of 1982.
In the mid-late 1980s, Mr. Tullis became involved with the Crisman School and Christian Heritage School in Texas, helping each to design and construct new facilities and realize new opportunities.
Throughout his career, Mr. Tullis has remained actively involved with Louisiana Tech University, helping to recruit and encourage aspiring engineering and science students.
He is blessed with a wonderful family including his wife Deborah, daughters Carol and Kaye, and his son Chance.