David Wahlstrom, Professor Emeritus at the University of Houston, Dies at 71

December 3, 2013

David Wahlstrom, J.D., F.ASCE, professor emeritus at the University of Houston, where he led their Construction Management program, passed away on November 8 at the age of 71. Born in Hendricks, Minnesota, on April 17, 1942, Wahlstrom graduated from Hendricks High School in 1960. His first year of college was spent at Augustana College, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, but he later transferred to South Dakota State in Brookings and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1964. He earned a master’s degree at San Diego State University in January of 1971 and received his doctor of jurisprudence from Indiana University in 1983. His work experience includes civil engineering jobs in national parks as well as associate professorships at the University of Houston, Purdue University, and San Diego State University.

  • David ran our Swedish “Smultron” mailing list, on the Internet. We are all shocked, to hear that he has passed! He was very passionate about his Swedish heritage & wanted to help all of us with our genealogy! This is really sad, and we send condolences to his family.

    • Avatar Elizabeth Wahlstrom Gambaccini

      My heart is full with all sorts of feelings from reading your 2014 post on the ASCE website.
      I had not had the courage (not sure if this is the correct word to describe) to look anywhere for what I would find as a result of David’s death, until tonight.
      I want you to know how much we (daughter Amy and myself) appreciate your kind words about David. I was disappointed to see no mention of any of his ASCE contributions in the December 3, 2013 death notice (see above), for ASCE was very important to him.
      I, too, was stunned and overwhelmed with grief over David’s abrupt death. All I could do was to just get through each day – with my primary focus on being with and getting Amy through this horrific event. I have so worried that I may have been a disappointment to David in this aftermath as I didn’t know what to do with reaching out to his closer associates in surveying.
      Thank you so much, Jan.

  • Dr. Wahlstrom was dedicated to maintaining the professional stature of surveyors.

  • I had the opportunity to work with David on the Geomatics Division Executive committee. He was very passionate about improving geomatics education. He will be missed.

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