Suspension Bridge Expert Herbert Rothman Dies at 91

August 17, 2015
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Herbert Rothman

Herbert Rothman, NAE, F.ASCE, an expert in suspension-bridge cables and design analysis, died July 26. He was 91.

Rothman was a retired principal of Weidlinger Associates, New York, where he launched the firm’s transportation group. He joined ASCE in 1956 and was a Life Member.

He led bridge-stiffening and rehabilitation design for the Manhattan Bridge, seismic investigation of the George Washington Bridge, and numerous other projects at long-span suspension bridges as well as medium- and short-span structures. Most recently, he was a key contributor in the design of the new San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge east span.

Among his industry honors, he earned the John A. Roebling Medal from the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania, and was named Bridge Engineer of the Year by the Institute for Bridge Integrity and Safety. In 1990, Rothman was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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