Obituaries

Obituaries

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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March 23, 2020

Robert E. “Bob” Boyer, a noted pavement engineer and consultant who promoted Superpave mix design, has died. He was 80. Boyer, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, a retired Air Force colonel, consulted with a vast number of…Read More >>

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March 23, 2020

Emory Leland Kemp, a pioneer of industrial archaeology, engineering professor and founder of the Institute for the History of Technology and Industrial Archaeology at West Virginia University, has died at 88. Over a well-rounded career,…Read More >>

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March 23, 2020

Frances “Frankie” Barnett, the first woman to be licensed in Illinois as a structural engineer, has died at 97. A Life Member of ASCE, Barnett was one of two female engineering graduates in 1944 at…Read More >>

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March 23, 2020

Murray I. Mantell, a visionary, professor and scholarship donor with the University of Miami for decades, has died at 102 years old. Mantell, a Life Member of ASCE, was the university’s professor emeritus of civil…Read More >>

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February 21, 2020

The standard-setting co-founder and first president of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Howard Simpson has died at 97. Guided by Simpson’s expertise, SGH fast became one of the nation’s best for solving complex engineering problems in structural…Read More >>

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January 21, 2020

David Maher Warner, a transportation engineer and project management consultant responsible for several notable projects in the Minneapolis–St. Paul area, has died at 71. During a career spent with several prominent engineering firms in the…Read More >>

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