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John Erik Jonsson
John Erik Jonsson
Born: Brooklyn, New York, September 6, 1901
Married Margaret Fonde (1902-84) February 8, 1923
(3 children)
Died: Dallas, TX, September 1, 1995

- Montclair High School, Montclair, NJ
Earned Degrees:

- M.E. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
Honorary Degrees:

1959 - Doctor of Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
1961 - Doctor of Science, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY
1963 - Doctor of Science, Austin College, Sherman, TX
1964 - Doctor of Laws, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
1968 - Doctor of Civil Laws, University of Dallas, Irving, TX
1972 - Doctor of Laws, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
1972 - Doctor of Laws, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
1973 - Doctor of Humane Letters, Oklahoma Christian College, Oklahoma City, OK
1981 - Doctor of Science, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
1984 - Doctor of Engineering, Polytechnic University, New York, NY
Professional Experience:

Aluminum Company of America, (ALCOA) Tennessee Rolling Mill Apprentice

Aluminum Index Company, New Jersey, an ALCOA subsidiary Manufacturing Superintendent

Dumont Motor Car Company, Inc., NJ Vice President and the President of Oakland Pontiac Automobile Distributorship

Aluminum Company of America, NJ Sales Engineer

Geophysical Service, Dallas TX (Predecessor company of Texas Instruments Incorporated)

Superintendent of the Laboratory, Newark, NJ


Secretary and Treasurer

Geophysical Service Inc. (GSI), Dallas TX

Vice President and Treasurer

Texas Instruments Incorporated, Dallas, TX


Chairman of the Board

Honorary Chairman

30 April 1981-85
Member, Advisory Council to Board of Directors

Honorary Director
Educational Affiliations:

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,
Troy, NY Member and Honorary Chairman, Board of Trustees

Lamplighter School,
Dallas, TX Chairman 1967-84 Honorary Chairman of the Board

Academy for Educational Development,
New York, NY Former Director, (and former Chairman of its Educational Facilities Laboratories Division)

University of Dallas,
Irving, TX (1971-79) Former Member, Board of Trustees

Skidmore College,
Saratoga Springs, NY (1960-77) Former Member, Board of Trustees

Tulane University,
New Orleans, LA (1962-77) Former Member, Board of Visitors (formerly Chairman)

Austin College,
Sherman, TX (1966-77) Former Member, Board of Trustees

The Hockaday School,
Dallas, TX Honorary Member, Board of Trustees (Chairman, 1954-64)

Foundation for the Callier Center and Communication Disorders,
Dallas, TX Trustee Emeritus

Governor's Committee (Texas) on Education Beyond the High School
(1963-64) Member

Southwest Research Institute,
San Antonio, TX (1972) Member, Board of Trustees
Professional Affiliations:

Republic of Texas Corporation or RepublicBank Dallas,
Dallas, TX (now NationsBank) Director 1954-80

The Equitable Life Assurance Society of America
Director 1958-73

Dallas Power & Light Company,
Dallas TX Director 1955-64

Neiman Marcus Co.,
Dallas, TX Director 1956-65
Civic Activities:

City of Dallas,
TX Mayor, 1964-71

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Chairman of the Board (1968-76)

Goals for Dallas,
Dallas, TX; Chairman (1965-76), Chairman Emeritus (1976-1992)

Excellence in Education Foundation,
Dallas, TX President (1961-92)

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas,
Dallas, TX Ex-Officio Member, Board of Directors President (1961-62)

Southwestern Medical Foundation Board of Trustees,
Dallas, TX Honorary Member

Board of Trustees, Dallas Symphony Orchestra,
Dallas, TX Honorary Member

Board of Trustees, Southwestern Legal Foundation,
Dallas, TX Honorary Member
Other Affiliations:

American Newcomen Society

Philosophical Society of Texas

Society of Exploration Geophysicists

American Management Association

Life Member, Vice President, General Management Division (1959-69)
Member, Board of Directors (1958-64)
Executive Committee (1962-64)

The Conference Board,
New York, NY Councillor, Former Member, Board of Directors

Academy of Texas

National Academy of Engineering
Social Affiliations:

Dallas Petroleum Club, Dallas, TX
Brook Hollow Golf Club, Dallas, TX
City Club, Dallas, TX
Honors and Awards:

1960 - Linz Award
1962 - Dallas Man of the Year
1963 - Dallas Press Club Headliner Award
1964 - American Society of Metals Advancement of Research Award
1965 - Society of Industrial Realtors Industrialist of the Year Award
1966 - Bene Merenti Medal
1966 - Southwestern Legal Foundation Great Leaders Award
1967 - Honorary Member, American Institute of Architects
1967 - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Distinguished Service Award
1968 - Henry Lawrence Gantt Medal
(American Society of Mechanical Engineers and American Management Association)
1969 - Horatio Alger Award
1970 - Hoover Medal
(American Society of Civil Engineers; American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers; American Society of Mechanical Engineers; Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
1971 - Dallas Junior Bar Association Liberty Bell Award
1972 - B'Nai B'Rith Humanitarianism Award
1972 - Rose
Hulman Institute of Technology Chauncey Rose Medal
1972 - Tau Beta Pi, Rose
Hulman Institute of Technology Chapter Honorary Member
1974 - National Academy of Engineering Founders Medal
1975 - Junior Achievement Hall of Fame for Business Leadership Award
1977 - University of Texas Santa Rita Award
1979 - American Society of Mechanical Engineers Honorary Member
1979 - Babson College Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs Award
1980 - American Society of Swedish Engineers John Ericsson Award
1980 - Swedish Council of America Great Swedish Heritage Award
1980 - Texas Library Association Philanthropic Award
1983 - Semiconductor Equipment & Material Institute (SEMI) Presidential Citation Award
1983 - Swedish American of the Year
- Texas Business Hall of Fame
1989 - American institute of Architects, Dallas Chapter, The George Foster Harrell Award
1989 - J. C. Penney Lone Star Lifestyle Visionary Award
1989 - Rotary Club of Dallas Paul Harris Fellowship Award
1990 - UCLA School of Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award
1993 - Southwestern Medical Foundation Community Service Award

"Of Time and The Cities"
(Gantt Medal Address, 1968), published in 1969 by the Gantt Medal Board of Award

"Avalanche:The Cities and The Seventies"
(Henry Robinson Towne Lecture, 1968), published in Mechanical Engineering, June 1969

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