Obituaries

Obituaries

September 18, 2020

Kandathil Chacko (K.C.) Thomas, a designer and builder of dams in India as well as an international water resources consultant, has died. He was 97. Thomas was chairman of the Indian government’s Central Water Commission from…Read More >>

September 18, 2020

William C. “Bill” Boyle, a past chair of ASCE’s Oxygen Transfer Standards Committee and professor emeritus of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, has died. He was 83. Boyle,…Read More >>

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August 17, 2020

Ray King Chalfant Jr., a civil and structural engineer in Atlanta whose active ASCE involvement extended back decades, has died. He was 99. Chalfant, P.E., F.ASCE, served as Georgia Section president from 1983-84. He also…Read More >>

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August 17, 2020

Peter Alastair Dickson, an international geologist and water resources engineer who worked for more than 40 years for an employee-owned consulting company based in Chicago, has died. He was 70. With a worldly intellect and…Read More >>

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August 17, 2020

Severo Esquivel, a California engineer and city manager who applied his aerospace experience to major projects including freeways, airports and baseball stadiums, has died. He was 81. When he was hired by Boeing, it was…Read More >>

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July 29, 2020

Billy “Bill” Wayne Klotz, a longtime engineer with Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam of Houston before founding his own firm with his son, has died. He was 94. He was the father of 2009 ASCE President…Read More >>

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June 22, 2020

Edward K. Rice, founder of CTS Cement Manufacturing Co. of Garden Grove, California, and a visionary who held 26 cement and concrete patents, has died. He was 94. Rice, P.E., FACI, F.ASCE, recognized that improving…Read More >>

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June 22, 2020

Robert H. “Bob” Rampetsreiter, a structural engineer in Wisconsin who launched and ran Rampetstreiter Engineering for 30 years, has died at 81. Rampetsreiter, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, lived a life devoted to civil engineering and to…Read More >>

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June 22, 2020

Peter R. Goldsmith, a prominent geotechnical engineer and expert witness in New Zealand, has died. He was 75. He had a particular aptitude for litigation cases, when with gentle but confident persuasive skills he pitted…Read More >>

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March 24, 2020

ASCE Life Member John LaPlante, the first transportation commissioner of Chicago and a past T.Y. Lin manager, has died at 80 from complications of the COVID-19 coronavirus. LaPlante, P.E., F.ASCE, served the city for 30…Read More >>

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