Daniel “Dan” Henry Schubert, Recognized International Artic Engineering Expert, Dies at Age 64

November 10, 2014

Daniel “Dan” Henry Schubert, P.E., M.ASCE, senior vice-president at Anchorage, Alaska–headquartered GV Jones & Associates, Inc., and a recognized international arctic engineering expert, passed away on September 16 while hiking with friends along the coast of Wales, Great Britain; he was 64. Born December 29, 1949, in Los Angeles, California, Schubert graduated from Oregon State University (OSU) with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Schubert was commissioned as an engineer officer in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) in 1973, serving in Minnesota, California, and Oregon. He was sponsored by the USPHS for graduate school and received his master’s degree from OSU in 1981. One year later, he was detailed by USPHS to the State of Alaska and served for 6 years with the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation, and then to the Alaska Native Health Service as the head sanitation system design engineer, which saw him responsible for numerous water and wastewater projects and involved in the design, construction, and operation of cold regions utilities throughout the state. Retiring from the USPHS at the rank of captain in 2001, Schubert joined GV Jones & Associates, Inc., an Alaskan consulting engineering group that specialized in cold region water and wastewater process design. A member of ASCE’s Technical Council on Cold Regions Engineering, Schubert was a contributing author on several sections of the most recent edition of ASCE’s Cold Regions Utilities Monograph, and authored and coauthored over 40 proceedings papers to numerous Conferences on Cold Region Engineering, including his recent ASCE paper “Environmental Engineering Failures in Alaska.” A member of the University of Alaska Civil Engineering Advisory Board, he served as an adjunct professor of arctic engineering at the University of Alaska Anchorage from 2002 until his death. According to friends and colleagues, Schubert lived life to the fullest and spent recent years hiking, camping, ocean and river kayaking, bicycling, fishing, rafting, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and fly tying. As an avid world traveler, he hiked across England and Spain. Prior to his death, Schubert was working with the World Bank on sanitation improvements in Mongolia.

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