History of Innovation
   Chairmen's Biographies  

Mark Shepherd, Jr. Mark Shepherd, Jr.
Born: Dallas, TX, January 18, 1923
Died: Quitman, TX, February 4, 2009
Married Mary Alice Murchland, December 21, 1945 (3 children)
Earned Degrees:

1947 - M.S. (Electrical Engineering), University of Illinois
1942 - B.S. (Electrical Engineering), Southern Methodist University (graduated with honors), Dallas, TX

Honorary Degrees:

1966 - Doctor of Engineering, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
1979 - Doctor of Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

Professional Experience:

General Electric Company
Test Engineer


U. S. Navy
Lieutenant (j.g.) on Cruiser USS Tucson specializing in radar and electronics maintenance

Farnsworth Television and Radio Corporation
Engineering and development projects

Geophysical Service Inc.
(GSI), Dallas, TX

Project Engineer, Laboratory and Manufacturing Division


Texas Instruments Incorporated, Dallas, TX


Assistant Chief Engineer, Semiconductor Design Engineering


Chief Engineer, Semiconductor Design


Assistant Vice President and General Manager, Semiconductor-Components Division

Vice President and General Manager, Semiconductor-Components Division

7/31/61- 1966
Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Office

Feb. 1963

Member, Board of Directors

President and Chief Operating Officer

4/16/69- 1976
President and Chief Executive Officer

4/22/76- 1984
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

4/19/84- 1985
Chairman and Chief Corporate Officer

5/24/85- 4/21/88

Professional Affiliations:

International Council of J. P. Morgan & Co., Incorporated

Texas Instruments Incorporated
Member, Board of Directors

USX Corporation
Member, Board of Directors

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Fellow and Member, Board of Directors

National Academy of Engineering

Society of Exploration Geophysicists

Professional Engineer (registered in State of Texas)

Office of the United States Trade Representative Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations

Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc.

American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research Board of Trustees

The Business Council Committee for Economic Development Honorary Trustees

Committee on the Present Danger National Board

The Conference Board Councilor Chairman of Trustees (1980-1982)

Council on Foreign Relations, Inc.

Dallas Citizens Council

Eta Kappa Nu Association

Sigma Xi U. S.-Japan Business Council
Chairman (1976-1979)

U. S.-Korea Business Council, 1987

Honors and Awards:

Selected by Life magazine as one of the "One Hundred Most Important Young People in the Nation" Life credited him with leading the development of transistor mass production and helping to make his company the world's leading producer of semiconductors

Made a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Received from the University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, the College of Engineering Alumni Honor Award for Distinguished Service in Engineering

Received from The Harvard Business School Club of Japan the International Business Statesman Award

Recognized by a Wall Street Journal/Gallup survey to be among the top 20 business executives most respected by his peers

Received Illini Achievement Award (Distinguished Alumni Award) from the University of Illinois, Urbana, IL

Received Horatio Alger award

Received The Washington Award

Received Distinguished Alumni Award, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX


"Distributed Computing Power:A Key To Productivity"
15th IEEE Computer Society International Conference
September 7, 1977

"The Productivity Challenge"
Engineering Society of Detroit
February 17, 1978

"Electronics and Modern Society"
The Ditchley Foundation
July 1979

"The Promise of the Microelectronic Revolution"
Illinois Institute of Technology
October 3, 1979

"Ensuring Creativity in a Post-Industrial Society"
European Management Forum, Davos, Switzerland
January 30, 1981

"Restoring U. S. International Competitiveness"
IEEE Centennial, Boston MA
May 15, 1984

"The Importance of Engineering Education to the Metroplex"
Fourth Annual Graduate School, School of Engineering and Applied Science
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
October 27, 1984

"Sharpening America's Competitive Edge: The role of Technology in Manufacturing"
International Industrial Engineering Conference, Dallas, TX
May 13, 1986

"The Texas Challenge:Building a New Economy"
Texas Science and Technology Council Conference, Dallas, TX
June 12, 1986

TI Chairmen