McMurry University names Roger Ward ’67 as 2015 Distinguished Alumnus

  Gary Ellison
  Wednesday, September 23, 2015 1:22 PM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

In recognition of his many contributions to the field science and his years of service to his alma mater, McMurry University has named Roger Ward ’67 of Palmer Lake, Colorado, as its Distinguished Alumnus for 2015. Ward will be honored at the Distinguished Alumni Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 8, as part of McMurry’s Homecoming festivities.

Ward received a B.S. in Physics, graduating Cum Laude, from McMurry University, where he was involved in Chi Omicron men’s social club, McMurry Student Government and tennis. He also earned an M.S. in Physics from Purdue University. Upon completion of his Master's degree, Mr. Ward researched and developed quartz crystal devices for Hewlett-Packard Laboratories. In 1979, he became Vice President of Research and Development for Colorado Crystal Corporation. Before his retirement in 1999, Mr. Ward served as President and CEO for Quartzdyne, Inc. Under his direction, Quartzdyne grew from a start-up company to having an internationally recognized product that captured more than 75% of the precision down-hole pressure measurement market in its first three years. In January 1998 Dover Corp. purchased Quartzdyne, and Ward retired in July 1999.

Ward is nationally acclaimed for his research and holds over 15 patents. He was listed in Who's Who in Technology and American Men and Women of Science, and received the Piezoelectric Devices "Man of the Year" Award, among many other honors and awards.

Since 1990 Quartzdyne, the company that Roger Ward led, has been the world leader in designing, developing, and manufacturing the industry-standard resonating quartz pressure transducer for the down-hole oil and gas industry. Their sensors are world-renowned for providing extremely accurate, low-drift, and high-resolution data under the most extreme conditions. Quartzdyne also provides contract gauge manufacturing for high-reliability or high-temperature applications. Their transducers and hybrid electronics are widely used in laboratory, surface, and downhole tools and monitoring systems across the industry.

Ward served on McMurry University’s Science and Math Advisory Board in the early nineties, and was a Wall of Honor inductee in 2006. The generosity of Roger and Kimberley, his wife of 36 years, has enabled the department of physics to flourish and has allowed them to recruit students who might not have been able to attend McMurry without financial support provided by the Ward-Bottom Physics Scholarship.

Since retiring, Roger and Kim purchased (in 1998) and restored a (now) 130 year-old Victorian estate in Palmer Lake, Colorado, named "Estemere." They open Estemere for tours every few years to benefit the Palmer Lake Historical Society. They hosted this event this year on Saturday, September 12, and had about 700 people tour the house. Roger co-authored a book about the history of Estemere (available on Amazon) and he also has edited five novels, and formatted seven history books, for friends, all of which he has published for them on Amazon and CreateSpace.

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