LETU Alumni '60s-'70s

Nelson Bates

Graduated: 1964
Major: Electrical Engineering
Lives in: Texas
Job Title: Owner, Bates Electro, Inc.

What does RG LeTourneau mean to you?

"Opportunity. When I came to LeTourneau, I had an unusual exposure to electrical power and control systems. Because of George H. Bush and RG, I was made aware of the offshore oil and gas industry and how this would help me for a lifetime."

What is something you love about LETU?

"Moral Standards and the continued effort to make it a better place. Also the wonderful students and leadership seen by the faculty."

 

 


Lee Beachy

Graduated: 1978
Major: Chemistry & Computer Science
Lives in: New Hampshire
Current Employer: Bank of New Hampshire
Job Title: SVP / Chief Information Security Officer

What does RG LeTourneau mean to you?

"Having lived in Mom and Pop's home on campus (when it stood by the pond), his legacy of continual engagement and hospitality was a vivid reminder that human potential is never valued as highly as it ought to be!"

What is something you love about LETU?

"The fact that my first-born is also an alumnus! The 'can do' spirit that has not diminished through the years!"


Brian Campbell [L]

Graduated: 1960
Major: Industrial Engineering
Lives in: Ontario, Canada
Job Title: Retired

What does RG LeTourneau mean to you?

"The university gave me a solid Christian foundation and I advanced to 3 senior management positions over a 30 year period."

What is something you love about LETU?

"The practical side of the course material. One of the best courses I took was, 'Accounting for non accountants.' I had the advantage over my fellow engineers in that I could read financial statements."


Tom Chandler

Graduated: 1961
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Lives in: California
Current Employer: Partners International
Job Title: Missionary

What does RG LeTourneau mean to you?

"Enjoyed his Friday night chats. He being so preoccupied he'd forget from 2nd to 3rd when driving his VW bug to the airport from campus. He was instrumental in my salvation as well as my father."

What is something you love about LETU?

"It's a stake in the ground where God changed my life."


Ed Lavelle

Graduated: 1966
Major: Mechanical Engineering Technology
Lives in: North Carolina
Current Employer: Retired

What does RG LeTourneau mean to you?

"R.G. LeTourneau often referred to God as his partner in life and business. I am convinced that in today's world...the most important recommendation to young people is exactly the message R.G. preached. Make Jesus a part of your life and depend daily on him. Seek ye first the kingdom of God. This is how I survived thirty six years."

What is something you love about LETU?

"Christian friends forever."


Roger Fenton

Graduated: 1964
Major: Electrical Engineering
Lives in: Pennsylvania
Job Title: Retired Missionary & Engineer

What does RG LeTourneau mean to you?

"One of the biggest decisions of my life was to enter LeTourneau College after being given various issues of “NOW” by my mother. My life was changed; the Lord saved me the first weekend there. In the summer of 63’, Joyce and I had the privilege of flying to Jamestown, NY with RG in his converted B26. We were able to visit our families in nearby PA.

"During my senior year, I was the Mail-boy for both the College and the LeTourneau Plant. Often I carried boxes of “Mover Of Men and Mountains” upstairs to RG’s office for him to autograph.. He was always there working intently; I was told that he was there until 7 or 8 o’clock every night. And, of course on Saturdays and Sundays he was all over the U.S. sharing the Lord Jesus Christ. Each year he would speak in Chapel to us. He was an inspiration and has impacted all of us"


Carl Harvey

Graduated: 1976
Major: Drafting Technology
Lives in: Indiana
Current Employer: Sullivan-Palatek
Job Title: Quality Assurance Manager

What does RG LeTourneau mean to you?

"The Lord honors those that honor Him!"

What is something you love about LETU?

"We, as students, would take turns and open each class with a short devotional for all of us in the class. At that time, the college would encourage us to do this!"


Jim League

Graduated: 1969
Major: Chemistry
Lives in: Tennessee
Job Title: Owner

What does RG LeTourneau mean to you?

"He was a great man and I quote him often in speeches and lessons. Enjoyed visiting with him on quartet trips while in college."

What is something you love about LETU?

"Strong, consistent beacon for Christ."

 


Jim Lilley

Graduated: 1963
Major: Biblical Studies
Lives in: Georgia
Current Employer: Baptist International Missions, Inc.
Job Title: Director of Development and Estate Planning Ministries

What does RG LeTourneau mean to you?

"It gave me an opportunity to attend college that otherwise, I would not have been able to do so. Thank the Lord for LETU!"

What is something you love about LETU?

"I love and appreciate the legacy the university is continuing relating to Mr. R.G. and his accomplishment! SO GLAD!"


Steve Martin

Graduated: 1970
Major: Mathematics
Lives in: North Carolina
Job Title: Retired

What does RG LeTourneau mean to you?

"RG and my pastor while I was growing up were good friends. The Rev Dan Demmin regularly led the chapel services at RG's plant in Peoria, Illinois. He even flew to Africa with RG where RG built a plant. My pastor got me interested in Letourneau, scheduled a recruiter for an in-home visit and the rest is history."

What is something you love about LETU?

"I love the friendships made, the education received, life in the Delta Sig house, playing on the varsity baseball team, the Christian environment, and so much more."


Judy Ruiz

Graduated: 1966
Major: Missionary Technology
Lives in: Florida
Job Title: Retired

Photo taken in the strawberry fields of Dover, Florida

What does RG LeTourneau mean to you?

"It was through his speaking in Canonsburg, PA, that my parents came to know about him. They then received the NOW which later was the tool that led me to the University. I will never forget that he loved the song 'Wonderful Grace of Jesus', and I think of him when we sing it in church."

What is something you love about LETU?

"It was the place where I came to know the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and where i met friends for a lifetime and for all eternity."


Ivan Secord

Graduated: 1967
Major: Industrial Engineering
Lives in: Michigan
Current Employer: Crysler Corp.
Job Title: Product Engineering Specialist

What does RG LeTourneau mean to you?

"He is a person I mention as a radical leader doing the impossible buy God's grace. He is a role model for sure. If it were not for he and his lovely wife obeying God in a very radical way, I most likely would have never come to LeTourneau.

"My first exposure to "Pop" LeTourneau was in Grand Rapids, Michigan. My Dad took me to a men's meeting I believe at the Grand Rapids Civic Auditorium back in the 50's, I would guess. RG's message stuck in my mind and resulted in my enrollment at LeTourneau College at that time."

What is something you love about LETU?

"It's a prepping school to provide a balanced education in the spiritual, physical and academic world to serve God and our fellow man."


Larry Smith [R]

Graduated: 1963
Major: Industrial Engineering
Lives in: Oregon
Current Employer: Medford School District
Job Title: Substitute teacher, semi-retired

What does RG LeTourneau mean to you?

"I could write a book about RG. My parents stayed in their home. I flew with Mr. and Mrs RG on their plane. We heard him speak several times. I have read all three of his books."


Lloyd Smith

Graduated: 1964
Major: Industrial Engineering
Lives in: Washington
Current Employer: Retired but working at Dahl McVickers Funeral Homes
Job Title: Manager - Crematory

What does RG LeTourneau mean to you?

"We were lucky enough to be at the school when he was there and got to hear him speak. Larry got to fly with him. He was a total inspiration! His words have guided us all these years."

What is something you love about LETU?

"An education, a path for life and life long friends."


Andrew Toth

Graduated: 1968
Major: Mechanical Engineering - Aero Option
Lives in: Texas
Current Employer: Missionary, Self-Employed, World Indigenous Missions
Job Title: Director of Candidate Training

What does RG LeTourneau mean to you?

"I attended Pinewood Alliance Church while a student where R.G. was also a member. I knew him personally more as an Elder in the church than anything else. "Mom" LeTourneau gave us the baby shower for our first child in my senior year. "Pop" LeTourneau was always encouraging us to read, to find the answers, to never stop studying. and never stop sharing what God has given to us. We are still doing it."

What is something you love about LETU?

"It was the first place where I had opportunity to study the bible systematically. I taught Sunday School at our church, usually whatever I was studying with Dr. Gingrich or Dr. McKinley that week. I learned to love teaching the Word of God."


Norm Yearick

Graduated: 1960
Major: Industrial Engineering
Lives in: Washington
Job Title: Retired - had a great career!

What does RG LeTourneau mean to you?

"I knew RG from somewhat of a distance. I worked second shift in the plant and like clock-work every evening after dinner he would ride through the plant, stopping occasionally to talk to the crew on a work site.

"I admired his work discipline and his consistency in putting first things first: his ministry, his family, his work and lastly, material possessions. I have used him as an illustration, over the 50 plus years since being at LeTourneau, of a person who lived out his mission of not being too concerned about the material things of this life, but sending that which he valued on to heaven ahead of him."

What is something you love about LETU?

"Its faithfulness to purposes that are of eternal value - to the Word and to the mission of building the Kingdom."

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