The auditorium in our conference facility has been named in honor of LSU alumnus Dalton J. Woods. Dalton's family, including his wife Sugar and son Mike, have provided an endowment to support energy conferences in Dalton's name.
During his lifetime, Dalton generously gave his time, talent, and financial resources to LSU. He was a member of the LSU Board of Supervisors, past chair of the LSU Foundation in Shreveport, recipient of the LSU Foundation President's Award for Lifetime Support at the Benefactor Level, and LSU Alumnus of the Year for 2000.
Dalton formed and served as CEO of Dalwood Corporation and Woods Operating Company until his death in October 2001. He spent 53 years of his life in the oil industry, including 34 years as an independent producer and wildcatter in Louisiana and five other states. He also contributed to his profession through publications on fractured chalk reservoirs and on the Smackover Formation and served on the National Petroleum Council, the Shreveport Geological Society, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the U.S. Industrial Council, and the State Board of Commerce and Industry.
Dalton received a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering in 1941 and a master's degree in geology in 1948, both from LSU. Between degrees, he served in the United States Army Corps of Engineers, attaining the rank of major.