National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) is a time to recognize those who have contributed their time and talents to help make Laredo and the state of Texas a better place. This is why LULAC Council No. 12 will be honoring eleven community leaders at their annual event which will be held Thursday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m. at Laredo Country Club. One of those individuals will be Judd Gilpin, President of the United Independent School District Board of Trustees.
“LULAC No. 12 pays tribute to the many talents, accomplishments, and contributions of prominent national, state, and local leaders and organizations who are respected and admired as they continue to preserve and enhance the Tejano culture, values and educational opportunities for everyone,” stated Jose Gamez, LULAC No. 12 President.
Under the category of Public Education, Judd Gilpin will be honored as a “Tejano Achiever.”
Mr. Gilpin graduated from United High School in 1986 and went on to Texas A&M University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, as well as, a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering. He distinguished himself in academics throughout his educational endeavors and was recognized as the “Outstanding Civil Engineering Senior” at Texas A&M during his senior year.
After completing his education, Mr. Gilpin joined the U.S. Navy in 1991 and served in the Civil Engineer Corps for 7 years of active duty and held inactive ready reserve status until 2007 when he resigned his commission. The highest rank he held was Lieutenant Commander, and he received commendations for achievement before completing his years of service with an honorable discharge.
Upon returning to Laredo, he began his career at Foster Engineering Company where he enjoyed the privilege of working for Laredo’s oldest civil engineering firm. He went on to establish his own firm, Gilpin Engineering Company, and he credits Jack Foster for influencing his most significant career choices.
Mr. Gilpin’s experience as a project manager of large scale developments is an asset since this School District constantly faces significant growth demands putting an emphasis on planning and construction.
Additionally, his mother, Vita Gilpin, taught with U.I.S.D. until she retired with over forty years of service in the public school system. His wife and both of her parents pursued careers in education as well. Both of his in-laws, Alonzo Ramirez and Amelda Ramirez retired with over 40 years of service to the public school system. Mr. Gilpin says, “They and many teachers and coaches that I was exposed to throughout my life have made big impacts on my life and career … I owe a great deal to United Independent School District for the education I received there, and I would like the opportunity to give back to the school that contributed to the blessings I now enjoy.”
Mr. Gilpin has served as President of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Chairman and then President of the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors, Engineering Dept. Representative of the College of Engineering Student Council, Civil Order of The Engineer for the National Society of Professional Engineers.
Mr. Gilpin’s community service activities include serving as a Cabinet Member for District VI City Councilman under Councilman Gene Belmares, Chairman for the Citizen’s Environmental Advisory Committee, and District 7 Board Trustee for United Independent School District.
Mr. Gilpin is married to Lulu Ramirez Gilpin. They have two children, Brit and Morgan.
For tickets, please call LULAC Council No. 12 Member Amando Chapa at (956) 235-4424.