Charles Gerald “Chuck” Salmon, Emeritus Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Dies at the Age 83.

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May 16, 2014

Charles Gerald “Chuck” Salmon, Hon.M.ASCE, a well-respected and distinguished emeritus professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) and author/co-author of a number of widely used textbooks on the subjects of concrete design, steel structures, and structural analysis, passed away on April 28 at the age of 83. During his nearly 60-year career in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UW-Madison, Salmon built a formidable legacy both as a researcher in the field of structural engineering and as an extraordinarily dedicated teacher. Many of his students went on to distinguished careers in academia and industry, fueled by his close mentorship, his encouragement of analytical thinking in the classroom, and his unmatched enthusiasm for the subject matter. Born October 28, 1930, in in Detroit, Michigan, Salmon first came to UW-Madison as an instructor in 1956, and throughout his time with the department, he built a reputation for excellence and innovation in structural engineering. He authored and co-authored many texts that had significant influence on the concrete and steel industries, including Reinforced Concrete Design, Steel Structures: Design and Behavior, and Introductory Structural Analysis. His work and influence resonate throughout the field, showing up everywhere from building codes to engineers’ handbooks to the designs of steel structures and highway bridges. An advisor for the UW-Madison chapter of Chi Epsilon, he served as its national president from 1994 to 1996. Throughout his distinguished career, Salmon received many professional awards and honors, including the American Institute of Steel Construction’s T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award and Lifetime Achievement Award, the American Concrete Institute’s Joe Kelly Award and Delmar L. Bloem Distinguished Service Award, and the Wisconsin Society of Engineers’ Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1990, Salmon created a student activities endowment for student activities at UW-Madison: the Bette and Chuck Salmon Student Activities Fund.

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