The Distinguished Member grade is the most prestigious offered by SPE. According to the SPE Bylaws, to be elected a Distinguished Member, a candidate must be a member in good standing who has served as President of the Society or who, in the opinion of two-thirds of the Past Presidents voting, provided one-half of the surviving Past Presidents participate in the ballot, is deemed worthy of this status by virtue of outstanding achievement or professional eminence.

Distinguished Members

  • Kishor S. Mehta
  • Gail R. Bristol
  • Glenn L. Beall
  • Irvin E. Poston
  • Dennis L. Hayford

SPE Past Presidents

  • Fred Conley - 1942
  • William M. Phillips - 1943
  • Charles C. Henry - 1944
  • William B. Hoey - 1945
  • George Clark - 1946
  • Thomas E. Orr - 1947
  • J. Harry Dubois - 1948
  • Mario J. Petretti - 1949
  • C. Todd Clark - 1950
  • Islyn Thomas - 1951
  • William O. Bracken - 1952
  • Walter F. Oelman - 1953
  • John W. LaBelle - 1954
  • Frank W. Reinhart - 1955
  • Jerome M. Formo - 1956
  • Peter M. Simmons - 1957
  • R. Kenneth Gossett - 1958
  • Fred C. Sutro, Jr. -1959
  • George W. Martin - 1960
  • Frank W. Reynolds - 1961
  • James R. Lampman - 1962
  • Jack G. Fuller - 1963
  • Guy A. Martinelli -1964
  • George P. Kovach - 1965
  • Robert W. Sherman - 1966
  • Bernard G. Achhammer - 1967
  • Gim P. Fong - 1968
  • George L. Graf, Jr. - 1969
  • Ralph A. Noble - 1970
  • Irwin L. Podell - 1971
  • Ronald J. Cleveringa - 1972
  • Theodore S. Stoughton- 1973
  • John H. Myers - 1974
  • Harold A. Holz - 1975
  • George E. Pickering - 1976
  • Lawrence J. Broutman - 1977
  • Jack L. Isaacs - 1978
  • Joseph Magliolo, Jr. - 1979
  • George P. Schmitt - 1980
  • James E. “Bo” Chinners, Jr. - 1981
  • Thomas W. Haas - 1982
  • Robert J. Schaffhauser - 1983
  • William C. Kuhlke - 1984
  • Richard G. Johnson - 1985
  • Greg R. Thom - 1986
  • John R. Kretzschmar - 1987
  • Bruce A. Petersen - 1988
  • Vivian E. Malpass - 1989
  • Leonard H. Drexler - 1990
  • George W. Thorne - 1991
  • Henry J. Wojtaszek - 1992
  • Lance M. Neward - 1993
  • Bonnie J. Bachman - 1994
  • David R. Harper - 1995
  • Jay L. Gardiner - 1996
  • Norman E. Fowler - 1997
  • Norman S. Behn - 1998
  • William A. Humphrey - 1999
  • James H. Brackeen - 2000
  • Terence J. Browitt - 2001
  • Claudius Feger - 2002
  • Donna S. Davis - 2003
  • Karen L. Winkler -2004
  • Len Czuba - 2005
  • Timothy W. Womer - 2006
  • Vicki Flaris - 2007
  • William J. J. O’Connell - 2008
  • Paul G. Andersen - 2009
  • Ken J. Braney - 2010
  • Russell C. Broome - 2011
  • James S. Griffing - 2012
  • Jon D. Ratzlaff - 2013
  • Vijay Boolani - 2014
  • Dick Cameron - 2015
  • Scott Owens - 2016