Obituaries

Obituaries

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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January 21, 2020

Robert M. Koerner, professor emeritus of Drexel University and director emeritus of the Geosynthetic Institute, has died at 85. Together with his wife and partner, Paula Koerner, he founded the Geosynthetic Institute as a research…Read More >>

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January 21, 2020

Marvin N. Smith, a hydraulics engineer who spent the bulk of his career at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Water Systems Development Laboratory, has died at 87. An ASCE Life Member, Smith, M.ASCE, spent over 30…Read More >>

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January 21, 2020

Kim Palmer de Rubertis, a specialist in dams in Washington state who shared his expertise on ASCE committees that produced guidelines and handbooks for dam engineering, has died at 81. De Rubertis, P.E., CEG, D.GE,…Read More >>

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