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In Memory of Professor Emeritus Francis S. Manning

In Memory of Francis S. Manning

Francis S. “Frank” Manning, professor emeritus of chemical engineering at The University of Tulsa, passed away May 9, 2024. He retired from teaching in 2018, after 50 years of service as faculty in the chemical engineering program. Manning served for many years as the A. Paul Buthod Professor of Chemical Engineering and remained an active member of the Chemical Engineering Advisory Board until his passing, attending his last meeting in March. He received his undergraduate degree from McGill University, and he earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from Princeton University.

Manning was a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and an internationally renowned scholar in petroleum and natural gas processing. He was instrumental in advancing The University of Tulsa’s reputation in the energy industry. Manning was a recipient of the College of Engineering & Computer Science’s Kermit Brown Award for Teaching Excellence, the TU Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, and the Lynch Memorial Prize.

Manning taught nearly every undergraduate chemical engineering course, six graduate-level chemical engineering courses, five engineering core courses and three petroleum refining and production courses. In addition, he served as principal and/or co-investigator on more than 40 research grants, and advised 51 master’s, 25 doctoral, and two post-doctoral students. Manning published more than 70 papers and three books.

We have lost a treasured member of our university family. Manning will be remembered fondly for shaping so many lives during his career.