Distinguished Engineering Graduates 2017

Eugene H. Dawson

Gene Dawson

B.S. CE 1957
Co-founder, Pape-Dawson Engineers Inc.

Eugene H. Dawson co-founded Pape-Dawson Engineers lnc. in 1965. The firm is now one of the largest and most respected civil engineering firms in Texas, with more than 450 employees in Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Fort Worth.

Dawson received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 1957.

He has decades of engineering project experience, including planning and constructing storm drainage systems; wastewater treatment plants; wastewater collection systems; industrial, commercial and residential sites; resort developments; and water supply and distributions systems. He also has experience in Texas Department of Transportation freeway and highway projects, municipal street and bridge projects, flood studies, subdivision master planning and feasibility studies.

A leader in the San Antonio business community, Dawson has been recognized with many awards, including the San Antonio Business Journal’s San Antonio Legacy Leader in 2015 and the Texas Baptist Award in 2013. In 2009, the Dawson family was inducted into the San Antonio Business Hall of Fame by Junior Achievement. In 2007, Dawson was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Alumni for the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering.

He is a member in the National Society of Professional Engineers and a fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers, and he has served as president of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers–Bexar Chapter. He served as vice chairman of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Urban Affairs Council and a member of the board of directors for the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.

Dawson has a long history of supporting the university. In 2000, Pape-Dawson Engineers Inc. established the Eugene H. and Mary Duane Dawson Endowed Presidential Scholarship for UT Austin students. He is also a Life member of the Texas Exes Alumni Association.

Dawson and his wife of over 60 years, Mary Duane, live in San Antonio. They have two sons, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.