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Billy Mitchell Adkison

Profile Updated: May 16, 2012
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Class Year:
1962
Residing In:
Mobile, AL USA
Spouse/Partner:
Loyce M Johnson
Occupation:
Chemical Engineer (retired)
Children:
Gary M, born 1963, Montgomery, AL
Carol E, born 1968, Baytown, TX
Yes! Attending Reunion
Biography / Comments:

Well, I have gone from 18 to 68. Loyce and I have been married for nearly 50 years and we had the opportunity to experience a beautiful life all over the world.

After graduating from Sidney Lanier, I studied Chemical Engineering at Auburn University (BS '66, MS '67) and after graduation, moved to Baytown, TX (EXXON) and made petroleum fuels in a refinery. Except for two rounds at Auburn ( as a student and a faculty member), I have worked in the corporate chemical engineering world. I spent some brief time working in Northern New Jersey and back in Montgomery, then joined the Auburn University faculty, working on my PhD degree and teaching.
I learned my craft and had many wonderful years at
Auburn, but I moved to Mobile and back into the corporate world. Hey, I wanted to be closer to New Orleans and the Jazz Festival! And, I had no influence on the outcome of any Alabama / Auburn ballgame (It is only proper to follow the rules laid down in English class and, thus, alphabetize.)

After nearly 30 years on the coast, we are settled here. Our kids and their families are nearby and doing well. But, my job was intense. I guided a team of engineers to transfer viable research projects into successful commercial products. My job caused me to be all over the world, and most were involved in neat places to be. I flew in lots of airplanes.

So, after years of travel, Loyce and I have been nearly everywhere, but are now mostly laid back in Mobile.

Over the years, we had contacted the school about reunions, but never got a positive response. I had given up on reunions, but local Sidney Lanier grads must have come through. Thanks.

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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:09 AM
Bill Auburn Freshman 1963
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:09 AM
Bill and Loyce at Vizcaya 3/2011