Alfred Lamson *
Inducted on March 15, 2005
Lamson is a native of Opelousas and a resident of Lafayette. He attended Illinois Wesleyan University in 1935 – 1936 in Bloomington, Illinois, where he met his future wife, Helen Maloney. He and Helen were married in 1938 until her death in 2001. They had two children, Kaye Lamson Crocker and Gary Lamson, eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He married the former Betty Ellis in 2002.
Lamson did secretarial work for his father in 1936 and 1937 at the St. Landry, Avoyelles and Evangeline Farm Loan Associations which were under the direction of the Federal Land Bank. He started in the oil business in Lafayette in 1937 as secretary to lease broker R. L. Whitlow, and progressed to full-time lease and royalty buyer until Mr. Whitlow’s death in 1940. At that time, he went to work for himself as a broker. In 1942, Lamson joined and served for 3 ½ years in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He entered the drilling and production end of the oil industry after the war. He was a partner in Lamson & Bennett, Inc., Emerald Oil Company and Lamson/Onshore Petroleum Corporation, and served as Director of Comet Drilling Company, Jack/Wade Drilling Company and Alpine Mud Company. He currently serves as chairman of the Board of Lamson Petroleum Corporation.
While developing and operating his oil industry enterprises, Mr. Lamson was very active in the great American tradition of service to his community which was instilled in him by his father. He served the following organizations with pride and distinction: One of the founders and a member of the first Board of Directors and President of the Lafayette Petroleum Club; Lafayette District Chairman of the Boy Scouts of America; President Oakbourne Country Club; Board of Directors for First National Bank; School Board Member of the Lafayette Parish School Board; Board of Directors of the UL Foundation; Member of the Blue Key of UL; he successfully chaired a Ten Million Dollar Endowment Fund Drive for academics for USL.
Honors presented to Lamson over the years are numerous: Governor Edwin Edwards selected Lamson to be on the “Governor’s Economic Development Commission” and the “Governor’s Learning Advisory Commission.” Then in 1991, he was appointed to the Governor’s “Transition Team for Higher Education”; A $20,000 Endowment Fund was established and paid for by the USL Faculty to support a scholarship entitled “Alfred Lamson Scholarship for Academic Excellence”; Lamson attained the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 14 in Opelousas. In 1988, Lamson was presented the Boy Scout of America’s Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, and was also given it’s Distinguished Citizen Award, being only the eighth person in Louisiana to share that award; He received the Outstanding Philanthropist Award in 2004; he was selected as the 1988 Civic Cup Award in Lafayette; Lamson also endowed funds to support The Alfred and Helen Lamson Professorship for Computer Science Research; Lamson was inducted into The Times of Acadiana Hall of Fame in 2004; in tribute to work done by Alfred Lamson in support of USL, he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humanities in 1982. At that time, this honor had been given to only one other person in the first 100 years of the University, Ambassador Jefferson Caffery.