Micahel W. Bytnar and Robert H. Harper
In recognition of the life and legacy of Paul T. Dowling (MetE’40, Professional MetE’63, Honorary DEng’76), two longtime professional colleagues, Michael W. Bytnar (ME’68, MS EMgt ’73, Professional ME ’96) and Robert H. Harper, have generously chosen to establish the Paul T. Dowling Memorial Endowed Scholarship at the Missouri University of Science and Technology.
This scholarship endowment honors the memory of Paul T. Dowling, who died on March 4, 2010, and pays tribute to his distinguished career with the Nooter Corporation, his exemplary service to his profession, his philanthropic commitment to his community, and his influential role in advancing Missouri S&T.
Paul served his alma mater in many leadership capacities. He was a founding member of the Order of the Golden Shillelagh and past chairman of the OGS executive committee, a past president of the Miner Alumni Association, a member of the Academy of Mines and Metallurgy executive committee, former chairman of the University of Missouri-Rolla Development Council, and the recipient of the Miner Alumni Merit Award and the Presidential Citation.
Paul retired as chairman and CEO of the Nooter Corporation in 1986, following a 40-year career with the company, a major steel and alloy plate manufacturer with subsidiaries including Nooter Construction, RMF Nooter, St. Louis Metallizing and Wyatt Field Service.
The donors are also retired Nooter Corporation executives. Michael W. Bytnar retired in 2008, after four decades of service, including six years as president. Robert H. Harper retired in 1989 after 44 years of service, including 20 years as vice president – administration and executive assistant to Paul T. Dowling.
Annual earnings of the Paul T. Dowling Memorial Endowed Scholarship shall be awarded to undergraduate students in the Metallurgical Engineering program. In keeping with the wishes of the donors, this permanent source of support for aspiring engineers shall honor the memory and legacy of Paul T. Dowling while strengthening the profession he loved for generations to come.