Robert M. "Mike" Lockerd Sr., who supported the University of Texas at Dallas but also the Callier Center for Communication Disorders for many years, died at the age of 78 on March 8.
Services were held at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration in Dallas last week.
During his career, Lockerd served as an emeritus trustee and president of the Foundation for the Callier Center Board. He was also a member of the UT Dallas Development Board and proved instrumental in achieving the goal of making the university a four-year degree institution.
Lockerd had a 32-year career at Texas Instruments, working on projects with his team such as developing the first Mariner Mars fly-by vehicle. He also worked on the first digital GPS receiver and several other high-tech projects that greatly advanced scientific and technological education.
Donations in his memory can be made to the Callier Center for Communications Disorders.