Meet John W. Redmon '71 and Barry Street '79
Q & A with Texas Tech Alumni Association Board Members.
John W. Redmon '71
In what city do you reside? The Woodlands, Texas.
What was your major and class year at Tech, plus any other degrees you may have earned? I graduated with a BBA, majoring in industrial management.
I have also attended the Advanced Management Institute at the Jones School at Rice University.
Where are you employed, and what is your position? I retired in 2012. I spent my entire career in the engineering and construction profession and was an executive vice president of operations for three major firms.
Major activities in which you were involved as a student at Tech: I had a split career at Tech. After my first year, I went home and worked for two years and attended night classes. I enjoyed all aspects of college life but was not involved in any formal student activities.
What are the names of your family members? My wife’s name is Ann, a 1971 graduate of Tech. We have a daughter, Courtney, and son-in-law, Shawn, in New York City, along with our 20-month old grandson, Shane.
What is one of your fondest memories from your Tech days? One of my fondest memories is attending freshman orientation with my parents, as my father graduated from Tech in 1935. That was his first time back in more than 30 years, and he was amazed at the growth of the campus. Many of his contemporaries were professors and administrators by then.
What is one thing you’ve enjoyed seeing occur recently at Texas Tech? There are many “one things” I have enjoyed seeing at Tech, but to see the new business school and the other new facilities. The “one thing” that impresses me most is how it all fits together physically and architecturally.
What is your favorite book? Usually the one I am reading at the time. I enjoy good fiction and historical novels.
What is your favorite movie? “Saving Private Ryan.”
What are your interests and hobbies? I enjoying hunting and fishing and spending time at our farm near Schulenburg, Texas.
What character trait do you value highly in an individual? Honesty.
If you could ask five or six people to your home for an evening, who would they be? If I could have five or six people for an evening together, I would have Jesus Christ, Abraham Lincoln, Tom Hanks, Martin Luther King and my father.
Barry Street '79
In what city do you reside? Kress, Texas.
What was your major and class year at Tech, plus any other degrees you may have earned? I received a bachelor of science in agricultural economics in 1979.
Where are you employed and what is your position? I’m the owner/manager of Street Gin and Farms.
What are the names of your family members? Wife: SuDe ’79; oldest son: Colton Street ’04 and his wife Devin Street ’04; they have a daughter, Reese, who will graduate from Tech in 2034; middle son: Chase Street ’05; youngest daughter: CassiDe Street ’07.
Major activities in which you were involved as a student at Tech: Ag Eco Club, Block & Bridle, Alpha Zeta and Ag Council.
What is one of your fondest memories from your Tech days? Meeting my wife, intramural football and basketball and the Cow Palace.
What is one thing you’ve enjoyed seeing occur recently at Texas Tech? I love and appreciate seeing our Tech graduates hired to work and coach for this University.
What is your favorite book? The Bible.
What is your favorite movie? “Brian’s Song.”
What are your interests and hobbies? Keeping up with and watching Tech sports.
What character traits do you value highly in an individual? Honesty, loyalty and hard work.
If you could ask five or six people to your home for an evening, who would they be? Jesus to bless the food, Guy Fieri to cook, Elvis for entertainment, Red Skelton for laughs and John Wayne to keep everything in order.