Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Distinguished Alumni

Charles Capshew

Charles E. Capshew - 1993

Charles E. Capshew has worked with Phillips 66 Company for 16 years having been assigned nine different jobs.  Capshew has made two significant contributions for Phillips 66.  First, he invented a polyethylene catalyst which is commercial today worldwide and is currently the basis for millions of dollars in sales in Phillips.  Secondly, he spent five years helping to start up a new subsidiary, Catalyst Resources, Inc. 

He traveled the worldwide polyolefin industry as well.  During the most recent five years, Capshew has been involved in a variety of assignments in the plastics division.  Overall, Capshew has been instrumental in the creation of new business which, in turn, has translated to more jobs for people. 

He has generated significant net income for Phillips itself by producing new sales and by producing significant cost savings.  He is also author/co-author of 17 U.S. patents and publications.   Southwestern Oklahoma holds many special memories for Capshew. 

He graduated from Chickasha High School in 1964.  His mother, Ellen, passed away several years ago but his father, Frank, and step mom, Opal, still live near Cement.  While Capshew was at SWOSU, he was involved in leadership of the student affiliate of the American Chemical Society even serving one stint as president.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Chemistry in 1968. 

Capshew holds a master’s degree from Oklahoma State University and his doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin.  After leaving Southwestern, he earned his Air Force Pilot Wings and served three tours of duty in Southeast Asia.  Capshew flew reconnaissance missions on the first tour and bombing missions on the second and third tours.  These experiences resulted in him being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross along with various air medals. 

Capshew met his wife, the former Lonita Chambers, a 1971 graduate of Southwestern and an English teacher, in college.  They have three children:  college senior Stephanie, high school freshman Rebecca, and seventh-grader Ryan.  The family has been active in various social causes and remains very active in church activities.  Capshew is still a member of the ACS and the Society of Plastics Engineers.  He served as chapter president of the Bartlesville-Tulsa section of SPE in 1982-83.