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Alan H. Plummer, Jr. Environmental Engineering Scholarship established

The Alan H. Plummer, Jr. Environmental Engineering Scholarship has been established in the Lamar University Foundation, named for Alan Plummer, a 1964 Lamar University alumnus. Plummer and his wife, Peggy (O’Pry) Plummer, a 1965 alumna, established the scholarship. The scholarship will benefit outstanding juniors in civil engineering with a focus in water resources and environmental issues.

The Plummers credit Lamar University for providing them a good education and for bringing the couple together.  The two met as students in the engineering department where Peggy worked as a student secretary in the early 1960s.

Alan Plummer graduated from Lamar State College of Technology in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. During his studies at Lamar, he served as secretary of the Lamar Honor Society of Civil Engineers and as president of the Lamar American Society of Civil Engineers student chapter. He earned a Master of Science in environmental engineering from University of Texas in 1968. Peggy earned her Bachelors of Arts in English from Lamar in 1965, and the couple married later that year.

Plummer began his career in 1964 working for Forrest and Cotton, and later, the Trinity River Authority. He and Peggy started their own company, Alan Plummer Associates in 1978 from their home in Arlington. After six months, the partners hired their first employee.  The firm now employs more than 100 people.

Plummer was an early advocate of sustainable, or “green,” use of the earth’s natural resources. In the 1980s, Alan Plummer Associates developed a water reuse project to provide water to Las Colinas, a residential and commercial development in Irving. Plummer has since worked with numerous other developers in Texas on water reuse projects and conservation. He now serves as chairman emeritus of the board of directors of the employee-owned Alan Plummer Associates.

Plummer is a long-term member of the Water Environment Association of Texas and served as president of the North Texas Section of the organization. In 2009, he was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2011 was the first recipient of the Alan H. Plummer Environmental Sustainability Award, named in his honor. He has received numerous additional honors including the 1974 Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) Dallas Chapter Outstanding Young Engineer of the Year and the 2012 TSPE Fort Worth Chapter Engineer of the Year award.  He served as the president of the Texas Water Conservation Association for 1990-1991.  Plummer also served as the first president of the WateReuse Association of Texas and was honored with the 2008 Award of Merit by the national organization.

In 1975, Plummer received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Lamar’s Department of Civil Engineering. In 2012, he was named an honorary member of the Lamar chapter of Chi Epsilon, the honor society for civil engineers. He also serves as a member of Lamar’s College of Engineering Advisory Council.

“Alan Plummer is a leading expert in Texas, as well as nationally, in water resources and reuses,” said Jack Hopper, dean of the LU College of Engineering.  “His expertise and experience have brought exceptional recognition to himself, his company and Lamar University.  The contribution to create the Environmental Engineering Scholarship in Civil Engineering at Lamar will be very beneficial to our students and to our reputation.”

For more information about establishing an endowed scholarship, contact the Lamar University Foundation at (409) 880-2117.