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Alum Donates $550,000 To Tech
Tommy Ingvalson credited the training and education he received at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology for allowing him to advance through the corporate ranks of Shell Oil Corporation in his 30 years of service to the company.
Because Ingvalson thought it was important to give to the people attending the university the same opportunities he had, his estate donated one-third of the Thomas Ingvalson Revocable Trust to the South Dakota Tech Foundation.
The amount of the donation is approximately $550,000. These unrestricted funds will support the Foundation’s area of greatest need, which means the Foundation can use the donation to address the most pressing funding needs the university faces.
Ingvalson grew up in Rapid City. He graduated from Rapid City High School in 1957, and attended the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology for one year. After taking approximately six months off, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in January 1959. After serving a three-year tour of duty, he came back to South Dakota Tech. He received a bachelor’s of science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1966.
Ingvalson immediately went to work for Shell Oil Corporation. He worked for Shell in California until the mid 1970s, when he was transferred to Wood River, Ill.
Ingvalson’s hard work and perseverance paid off. He moved up through the corporate chain of command, with a particular focus on refinery work, both offshore and onshore. He transferred from Illinois to Houston, Texas, and worked for the Shell office there and in La Place, La. He shuttled between the two cities until settling in La Place, where he worked until his retirement in 1994. After retiring, he moved back to the Black Hills, where he lived until his death in 2001.
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