Hall of Distinction Class of 1983-1984

Clarence M. Eidt, Jr. is the epitome of the engineer who has risen through the ranks to become a leader and an innovator. After receiving the B.S. degree in chemical engineering from LSU in 1956, Mr. Eidt began his career with Exxon's Research and Development Laboratories (ERDL) in Baton Rouge. He earned the M.S. degree in 1962, and in 1967 went to the Houston headquarters of Exxon Company, USA. There he coordinated a company-wide interfunctional study of technology developments and research strategies relevant to all facets of the company's activities.

Mr. Eidt returned to ERDL in 1968 as assistant director in charge of research service functions. He was named assistant general manager of the Exxon Engineering Petroleum Department in Florham Park, New Jersey, in 1972, where he directed planning and process engineering activities concerned with developing commercial refining facilities for Exxon affiliates and licensees. In 1973, he returned to Baton Rouge as manager of ERDL. He became manager of regional planning for the Logistics Department in New York in 1976, directing a corporate staff developing long-range facilities plans for refineries throughout the world. Mr. Eidt became manager of the Engineering Petroleum Department in 1980, and in 1982 assumed his current position of Vice President, Petroleum and Synthetic Fuels Research, for Exxon Research and Engineering Company.

Mr. Eidt has established an exemplary record of technological achievement and has demonstrated a special ability to turn laboratory processes into commercial reality. Among the developments with which he ahs been associated are flexicoking, gofining, residfining, and flexsorb-se processes. He holds several patents in the field, has authored several publications, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Louisiana. he holds membership in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Petroleum Institute, and American Association for the Advancement of Science. He serves on the Technical Committee of the Society of Automotive Engineers and the Board of Directors of the Coordinating Research Council. Mr. Eidt has retained close ties with the Department of Chemical Engineering at LSU and is a member of their Advisory Committee. he has been involved in various church and civic activities, including Boy Scouts of America.

Certainly Mr. Eidt's achievements are an inspiration to all engineers, as he practices his profession at the highest level of competence and effectiveness.