Louis L. Guy Jr., Distinguished Engineer for his Contribution to the Engineering Profession, Dies at Age 76

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May 16, 2014

Louis L. Guy, Jr., P.E., F.ASCE, who was awarded ASCE’s Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award in 1992 for “contributing substantially to the status of the engineering profession by establishing a reputation for professional service,” passed away on May 8 at the age of 76. Born April 26, 1938, Guy graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) with a degree in civil engineering. Following his service as an active duty officer in the U.S. Army at Fort Eustis, in Norfolk, Virginia, Guy began his professional career as an engineer at the Norfolk Dredging Company. In 1962 he began a 31-year career as a consultant and environmental engineer, serving municipal clients with water and wastewater problems throughout Virginia. He returned to his hometown of Norfolk in 1993 as the city’s director of utilities, serving until his retirement in 1999. In this position he was responsible for over 400 employees, with an annual budget of $90 million and a capital improvement program of $300 million, providing water for more than 700,000 Virginians. Heavily involved in professional activities, Guy served as chair of ASCE’s Committee on Curricula and Accreditation, treasurer of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), president of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE), board chairman for the Order of the Engineer, and member of  the ABET Board of Directors. Recently chair of NSPE’s Board of Ethical Review, he was appointed by Wayne Clough (who today is secretary of the Smithsonian Institution) to Virginia Tech’s first Civil Engineering Alumni Advisory Board, which subsequently elected him its chair. Among his many awards and honors, Guy received NSPE’s Young Engineer of the Year Award, AAEE’s Kappe Award, and the Virginia Society of Professional Engineers’ Engineer of the Year Award. Guy was appointed to the Board of the National Institute of Building Sciences by President Reagan, and to the State Water Study Commission by three Virginia governors—Mills E. Godwin Jr., John N. Dalton, and James S. Gilmore III. Locally, Guy served as president of the Norfolk Historical Society and treasurer of Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park. As a member of the Heritage Committee of St. Paul’s, he gave history tours of Ft. Monroe, Ft. Norfolk, and St. Paul’s.

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