Jack Timberlake Painter, P.E., P.L.S.
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD for MECHANICAL ENGINEERING: 2008
In recognition of outstanding service and leadership in the engineering profession.
Born and raised in West Virginia, Mr. Jack Painter received his BSCE degree from West Virginia University in 1950. His teaching career began in June 1950, as an instructor at WVU. After serving on active duty as an officer in the U.S. Navy from March 1951 to December 1952, he returned to WVU as an instructor and obtained his MSCE degree.
The 1955-56 academic year was his first at the then Louisiana Polytechnic Institute; he became a Full Professor at Tech in 1962. Retiring from full-time teaching in 1992, he continued teaching part-time until December 2001. In addition to teaching duties and advising students, his activities at Tech included 50 organization years as faculty advisor to several student organizations, 23 years as a faculty member of the Tech Rome program (his final 8 years as Director), President of the Faculty Senate, and as well as committee work and research.
Early in his career at Tech, Mr. Painter was awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship for a full year of study at Purdue University. Additionally, he taught special summer programs at Cornell University, Manhattan College, State University of New York, and the University of Wisconsin. He continued to be active in the Navy Reserve and retired as a Commander. He was active in church and other civic activities and in pursuing his hobby of the circus, which included serving as President of the Circus Fans Association of America. He performed on the tight-wire, the unicycle, and the rolla-bolla for many events at Tech, including basketball games and alumni functions.
During his career at Tech, Mr. Painter received numerous awards including many outstanding teacher awards on the departmental and college level. He was the first recipient of both the Tech Alumni Foundation Professorship and the James M. Robbins National Award for Excellence in Teaching Civil Engineering. He also received the National Ralph Teetor Award from SAE and the Charles M. Kerr Public Relations Award from the Louisiana Engineering Society. A scholarship and Professorship in his name have been established at Tech by former students and friends.