ATT7'TT7QT T7 1 f T"T I T7 1 ~D department of geological sciences / the university of texas at Austin J-M J— ' V V OJ—i-Lf X X J—iX\ NO. 17, SEPTEMBER 1968 AUSTIN, TEXAS / Editor: ANGEL D. LESHIKAR
The Hal P. Bybee Building in Midland
On July 26, 1968, the new office building for The Univer sity of Texas Lands in Midland was dedicated.
The building was an outgrowth of many years of planning cooperation between the Board of Regents, the Board for Lease of University Lands, the Governor and the State Legis lature. Construction of the building was begun in October 1967, and in March 1968 Regents of The University of Texas System designated it the Hal P. Bybee Building in honor of the man who first took the reins of the office which pays so many of the bills for UT and Texas A&M. This honor was given to Dr. Bybee in view of the great work he performed during the formative years of petroleum exploration and pro duction on University Lands in West Texas. The building, lo cated at West Wall and B streets in Midland, was completed in
June at a cost of nearly $200,000, and it provides approxi mately 7900 square feet of space.
The first of a series of events to celebrate the dedication took place on Thursday, July 25, when the Midland Chamber of Commerce hosted a banquet and reception honoring the 17 -member Bybee family, the UT System Board of Regents, presidents and administrative officers of the schools in the system, and other special guests. At the banquet, Martin All day, President of the Chamber of Commerce, presented Mrs. Bybee, widow of the late UT geologist, with an engraved lamp made from an oil well core from University Lands. James Zimmerman, Geologist in Charge of the Midland office of University Lands, gave Mrs. Bybee a color photograph of the new building (identical to the one pictured here) .