John Paul (J.P.) Middleton, Jr.
Harrison, AR; Memphis, TN;
Freeport, TX; Midland, MI;
Mr. Middleton volunteered for service in World War II and began active duty in 1943. Through the Army Specialized Training Program, he was assigned to East Texas State Teachers’ College and scheduled to receive an engineering degree. However, the program was abolished in 1944, and he was assigned to the 99th Infantry Division. He participated in the Battle of the Bulge in 1944 and 1945. In 1945, he was wounded and discharged, and subsequently enrolled in the University of Arkansas Chemical Engineering Department. In 1955, Middleton accepted a job with Dow Chemical Company in Texas as a college recruiter. He was promoted to Employee Relations Director for the Dowell Division of Dow in 1964. A transfer to Michigan in 1976 involved employee relations activity for all manufacturing in the U.S. He subsequently became Director of Personnel Relations for Dow. After 30 years with the company, he retired in 1986 and moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas. Since retirement, Middleton has done volunteer work in the ChE Department at the University of Arkansas. His last professional assignment was with a 750 employee pharmaceutical company in Latvia training the company staff in western ways after being under Russian rule for 60 years.He still does occasional volunteer work.
Arkansas Academy of Chemical Engineers, 2006.