William T. Weir, IV, Charter President of the Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors, dies at age 92

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January 16, 2014

William T. Weir, IV, P.E., M.ASCE, a Life Member of ASCE since 1986, and charter president of the Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors from 1969 to 1971, passed away on December 30 at the age of  92. Born in Sellersville, Pennsylvania, on November 13, 1921, Weir grew up in Ambler Borough and his fascination with bridges began with the annual day-trips that his father took him and other children and grandchildren on to the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City on Father’s Day. He graduated from Ambler High School in 1939, but with the outbreak of World War II in December 1941 he enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he was deemed combat engineer material and sent to Western Maryland College to begin his engineer education. Subsequently, Weir was assigned to the 84th Infantry Division known as the “Railsplitters,” and took part in the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. Following the conclusion of the war in Europe and while waiting for his transport home, Weir was able to further his engineering education with an assignment to the Northern Polytechnic Institute, in London, England. On returning home, he completed his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in 1949. His first job upon graduation was as bridge draftsman for the Reading Railroad, and later, upon returning to Borough of Ambler, he would be employed as civil engineer for many local municipalities and water companies, including Upper Dublin, Upper Gwynedd, Upper Merion, the Borough of Ambler, North Wales Water Company, and the Ambler Borough Water Company. Considered by his colleagues and family as a man “blessed to love his work and [who] carried it beyond his desk and drafting table,” Weir would become the charter president of the Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors in 1969. He was later awarded fellow status for his body of work within that professional association. In similar fashion, he was awarded life membership in 1971 with the American Water Works Association. Committed to the values of Rotary International, Weir served in several leadership positions for the Ambler chapter, for which he was recognized in 1983 with a Paul Harris Fellow. His last engineering project for the Rotary Club of Ambler, in 2008, which called upon his particular expertise and energy, turned out to be one of his finest. Weir helped design a 100-foot -ong pedestrian bridge across Wissahickon Creek in the Wissahickon Valley Watershed, in Philadelphia County. The result of 7 years’ work, the Centennial Bridge Project provided a crucial link to complete the Green Ribbon Trail.

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