Col. Thomas Dion, PLS, PE Given Life Service Award
Col. Thomas R. Dion, PLS, PE was
presented with the SCSPLS Life Service Award on July 20th,
2013, at the SCSPLS and SAMSOG Joint Surveyors’ Convention.
Col. Dion was nominated by fellow surveyors Kent C.
Hudson, PLS and William C. Martin, PLS, PE because of his commitment to
the surveying profession through his teaching, scholarship, service, and
mentoring of surveying students.
Col. Dion has taught at The Citadel since 1976, is a holder of
patents pertaining to pumping systems both in and outside of the United
States, and is the author of numerous papers as well as textbooks.
Col Dion is a graduate of The Citadel and Clemson.
He enlisted with the Sea Bees when he was 17 years old, and received his
commission in the Navy in 1968.
Col. Dion received his B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering from The
Citadel in 1968 and in 1973 he received his M.S. Degree in Civil
Engineering from Clemson University.
He began his teaching career at The Citadel in 1976.
He has been on the faculty of The Citadel for 35 years, serving
from an Assistant Professor to Associate Professor to Full Professor at
present. He has been
instrumental in updating and keeping The Citadel’s land surveying
courses in-tact, and assisted in the process of having the State Board
of Engineering Examiners review and certify those courses as meeting the
2010 educational requirements in preparation for becoming a land
surveyor in training.
addition to being a member of SCSPLS since 1983, Col. Dion is a life
member of ASCE, a member of ASEE, Charleston Civil Engineers Club, Tau
Beta PI, SC Gamma Chapter-The Citadel, and Phi Kappa Phi.
He has received many honors and awards including the National
ASCE for Outstanding Duty as Faculty Advisor of The Citadel ASCE Student
Chapter; Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award at The Citadel in 1989;
Outstanding Faculty Activity Award at The Citadel in 1989; selected for
Who’s Who in The South and Southwest, 1991-92; Who’s Who in Education in
1992-93; Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, 1992-1993; Who’s Who in
Finance and Industry in 1992-93; Citadel Board of Visitors Palmetto
Medal, 2010 which is the highest award given by the Board of visitors,
second only to that of an Honorary Degree.
Col. Dion was recognized by the SC Board of Registration for
Professional Engineers and Surveyors for 10 years of outstanding service
as chief examiner on matters pertaining to the land surveying state
specific examination for professional registration in 1996.
In June 2011, Col. Dion received the
ASCE’s SC Sections’s LeTellier Cup award which recognizes a person in SC
who has contributed significantly to the Civil Engineering Profession
through technical excellence, education, or service to the profession.
SCSPLS LIFE SERVICE AWARD
The SCSPLS Life Service Award recognizes lifetime
contributions toward the advancement of land surveying as a profession
in South Carolina. The
SCSPLS Board of Directors voted to approve the Policy Statement of the
SCSPLS Life Service Award at the April 26, 1996
The following are recipients of this award:
Easley, SC, Convention 1996, Springmaid Beach, Myrtle Beach, SC
M. Law, SC
Department of LLR, Columbia, SC,
July, 1996, SCCESS Awards Dinner
NSPS Area 3 Governor, Convention 1999, Landmark Hotel, Myrtle Beach, SC
and Mrs. Helen Amick,
Simpsonville, SC, 2000 Convention, Landmark Hotel, Myrtle Beach, SC
Lexington, SC, Convention 2003, Kingston Plantation, Myrtle Beach, SC
Lexington, SC, 2003 Convention, Kingston Plantation, Myrtle Beach, SC
Conway, SC, 2005 Convention, Kingston Plantation, Myrtle Beach, SC
J. Ido, SC
Department of LLR, Columbia, SC, 2006, Convention, Kingston Plantation,
Myrtle Beach, SC
Mr. Joe H.
Clover, SC, 2007 Convention, Kingston Plantation, Myrtle Beach, SC
Rock Hill, SC, 2009, Given while a patient at
Hospice House & Com. Care, Rock Hill, SC
Mr. Gene L.
Columbia, SC, 2010 Convention, Wild Dunes Resort,
Isle of Palms, SC
Inman, SC, 2010 Upper Piedmont Chapter Christmas Banquet, Piedmont Club,
Dallas, NC, given at 2011 NSPS Conference, July,
2011, San Diego, CA
R. Dion, Summerville, SC, given at 2013
SCSPLS & SAMSOG Joint Surveyors Convention, July 2013, Charleston, SC