Laurence – or Larry - McNeil earned his Petroleum Engineering degree at Texas A&I in 1950. While pursuing his degree he was employed as a company pilot for the La Gloria Oil Company. He had those flying skills due to the fact that during World War II he served in the Army Air Corps, where he rose to the rank of Captain and earned several decorations, including the Air Medal and three Battle Stars. After receiving his degree, he served as drilling engineer for La Gloria. He went on to an illustrious career in the oil and gas industry, co-founding Prado Oil & Gas Company, Corpus Christi Oil & Gas Company, and Corpus Christi Exploration Company. Mr. McNeil believed strongly in giving back to community and he demonstrated this through his many years of dedicated service to his Church, Texas A&I, the American Red Cross, the Boy Scouts of America, and the M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute. He and his wife Kathryn – or Mimi – were married for 61 years and raised their daughter Sue and son Michael. I ask that Larry’s family join me in the presentation of a plaque commemorating his induction into the Javelina Engineering Hall of Fame.

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