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Obituaries - Featured Headline
Obituary: Norberto Odebrecht, 93, Made His Last Name a Brazilian Institution
07/28/14
The founder (seated right) of what became global contracting and industrial giant Odebrecht S.A. was a dedicated philanthropist in Brazil but faced recent controversy in building its soccer World Cup facilities.

Courtesy of Odebrecht


Crash Kills Carolyn Merry, 63; Ohio State U. Academic Head and National GIS Expert
06/22/14
July court date is set in Ohio for truck driver who rear-ended the faculty leader and industry researcher who was adept at communicating complex technology and mentoring students.

Ohio State University

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10/28/14 Frank Bardonaro Sr., 71, Crane Rental Veteran Innovated Dispatch Tools

Crane rental veteran streamlined operations.
10/19/14 Engineers Colin Williams, Walter Podolny Jr. and Henry C. Hines are Dead

Canada-based Williams was an expert in microclimate impacts on building performance; Podolny, a former FHWA senior structural engineer, was a bridge design guru; Hines led the school design practice at Connecticut structural firm, The DiSalvo Engineering Group
10/02/14 Forensic Structural Engineer Daniel A. Cuoco Dies at Age 68

Daniel A. Cuoco led several high-profile investigations but his most important project was overseeing rescue efforts and the clean-up work after the attacks on the World Trade Center
09/07/14 Contractor Founder Rick Forrester, 55, Takes His Own Life

Memorial service is set for Oct. 10 for principal of Forrester Construction who helped grow the closely-held firm to execute major public and private-sector building projects in the Washington, DC area.
09/07/14 Chicago Architect Gerald Horn, 79, Has Died

Partner at Holabird & Root was known for his contextual-driven design approach.
08/27/14 Middle East Soils Expert Khaldoun Fahoum is Dead at 51

Langan vice president also was middle east chairman of the Deep Foundations Institute.
08/18/14 Douglas G. Price, 87, Led Australian Designer Formed from ’60s-Era Hydropower Megaproject

The first CEO of Melbourne-based Snowy Mountains Engineering Co. (SMEC), died on July 10.
08/05/14 Ready-Mix-Concrete Expert and Advocate Richard Gaynor, 83, Dies in July

Ready-mix trade group executive was often tapped for expert opinion on concrete technical issues.
08/04/14 Chicago Landmark Architect Donald Carlson Dead at 84

Detailed-oriented designer had key design roles on original McCormick Place convention center and O'Hare International Airport
07/23/14 Structural Engineer Stanley D. Lindsey Dies at 75

Lindsey was a pioneer in computer-aided analysis and design
07/15/14 Architect Rod Garrett Dies Suddenly at Age 53

Architect Rod Garrett, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill's design director in its Washington, D.C, office, who was known for his expertise in federal and institutional projects, dies suddenly at age 53.
06/21/14 Risk Hazard Modeling Pioneer Craig E. Taylor is Dead at 68

Consultant-researcher pioneered more comprehensive simulation of risk and uncertainty for quakes and other natural hazards..
06/09/14 Dick Mantia, 82, Co-Founded Pioneering St. Louis Union-Management Pact in 1970s

Union official was a key architect of regional group PRIDE that pushed for labor peace and spawned similar U.S. pacts.
06/03/14 Structural Engineering Expert Chuck Salmon, 83 and Ethics Advocate Louis Guy, 76, Are Dead
University of Wisconsin professor authored numerous structural design textbooks; former Norfolk water utility director was active in engineering education outreach.
06/03/14 California Hospital Seismic Designer Ken Liu, 62, Dies

Architect was helping rebuild hospitals in earthquake-hit areas in Japan at time of May 1 death.
05/22/14 Foundations Engineering Expert Abe Gutman Dies Suddenly at 73

Engineer worked on global projects and was a 45-year veteran of design firm Thornton-Tomasetti
05/12/14 Paul Munger, Hyatt Walkway Collapse Investigator and Design License Arbiter, Dies at 82

Civil engineer and former University of Missouri engineering dean chaired the board that revoked design licenses after the fatal accident.
05/07/14 Noted Architects Hans Hollein and Frederic Schwartz Are Dead

Austria-based Hollein, 80, was a maverick designer and Pritzker prize winner; Schwartz, 63, lost competition for NYC 9/11 memorial but designed two others.
05/06/14 Design-Build Pioneer and Opus Group Founder Gerry Rauenhorst Dies

Engineer built a $2-billion U.S. developer-builder but the recession brought bankruptcy and internal and external legal battles.
05/05/14 James Oberstar, Congressional Infrastructure Champion, Dies at 79

Minnesota Democrat was a staunch advocate for highway and transit funding over a 30-year congressional career.
04/30/14 Peter Hoffmann, Hydrogen Energy Expert, Dies at 78

Former McGraw-Hill World News correspondent followed hydrogen energy markets and was an accomplished photographer.
04/11/14 Architect Robert Hull, Co-founder of the Miller Hull Partnership, Dies at Age 69

In a 46-year career, the designer had a big impact on sustainable architecture in the Pacific Northwest.
04/06/14 Mark A. Ketchum, 60, Innovated Bridge Structural Engineering

Third-generation practitioner was a disciple of legendary designer T.Y. Lin but co-founded new firm after ownership dispute in the 1990s.
03/12/14 Ex-OSHA Head Joe Dear, 62, Pushed Safety Reforms

Safety chief hiked willful violation penalities but pushed industry on voluntary safety measures.
02/25/14 Precast Concrete Builder Mario Bertolini, 79, Dies
CEO led firm that innovated use of precast concrete on large structures in the northeast U.S.
02/25/14 Willard Hackerman, 95, Led Whiting-Turner's Growth Over 59 Years at The Top

Civil engineer, whose career at the Baltimore contractor began at age 19, also shared his wealth as a major philanthropist.
02/24/14 B.D. Rodgers, 89, Founder of Carolina Contracting Powerhouse

B.D. Rodgers founded the construction-management firm, now one of the Southeast’s largest, in 1963.
02/12/14 Cable-Stayed Bridge Design Pioneer Arvid Grant, 93

Engineer innovated use of concrete in cable-stayed spans and defended against peers' claims of corrosion vulnerability.
02/12/14 Hydraulic engineer Joe DeVries Dies at 77; Nevada Building Sector Leader Tom Harmon is Dead at 76
Engineer consulted globally, while Las Vegas contractor led several state construction boards.
02/10/14 Builder Gene McGovern Dies Suddenly at Age 72

McGovern and his former partner Peter Lehrer achieved renown for the centennial restoration of the Statue of Liberty
01/24/14 Construction Great Gene McGovern, 72, Dies

Construction great Gene McGovern, who helped restore the Statue of Liberty, dies suddenly at age 72.
11/13/13 Long-Time Las Vegas Builder George D. Kalb Is Dead at 68

Second-generation contractor built more than 1,000 projects in southern Nevada
11/04/13 Richard Weingardt, Structural Engineer and Leadership Advocate, Is Dead at 75

Former ACEC President urged peers to "show up and be counted."
10/09/13 Lt. Gen. Vald Heiberg, 81, Led Army Corps Through Ups and Downs in 1970s and 80s
Youngest Corps of Engineers chief managed giant water projects mission but post-Katrina, lamented decisions made for regional defenses.
10/09/13 Bart Bartholomew, 88, and Willard Warzyn, 95, Advanced Industry Standards
Practitioners innovated in soil engineering and dam construction, and launched new companies.
10/09/13 Publisher Dave McGrath, 86, Honed ENR's Link to Industry

?With ENR for 23 years, publisher ?David J. "Dave" McGrath was one of the first U.S. business-publishing executives to link to the China marketplace. He was 86.
09/26/13 Safety Researcher Jimmie W. Hinze Is Dead at 67

Expert had three-decade research tie with Construction Industry Institute.
09/20/13 NAVFAC Supervisor, Contract Guard Are Among Navy Yard Shooting Victims

Kenneth Proctor, 46, supervised utility systems repair work; Richard Michael Ridgell, 52, worked for a security contractor.
09/10/13 Jon Pettit, 61, DLR Group Managing Director Led Growth in Northwest
Design firm leader, also helped build two of its national practices.
09/04/13 Arturo Ressi, 72, Advanced Slurry Wall Know-How

Italian engineer, who died of cancer on Aug. 23, designed the below-ground wall at the World Trade Center that withstood the 9/11 attack and prevented Hudson River flooding.
09/03/13 Karen Cooper, 54, Had Led Architect Cooper, Robertson as President
Executive, who died of cancer, was a three-decade veteran of the New York City firm.
08/29/13 Obituary: Gen. Jack Morris, 91, Led Corps of Engineers in 1970s Era of Change

Engineer faced the wrath of the White House and Congress, but two of the agency's largest building programs were launched under his watch.
08/14/13 Contractor Manager Bill Scott is Dead of Cancer at 69
Former executive at Washington Group, S.J. Groves and Parsons Corp. managed large dams and other scheduled-challenged projects
07/09/13 Ira Hooper, 93, Was Former Chief Structural Engineer at STV
Specialist worked on major projects at the Kennedy Space Center and at the federal Fermi and Brookhaven nuclear research facilities.
06/18/13 Architect-philanthropist Jon McKee Dies at 86

Co-founder of Boston-area design firm SMMA also launched and funded a program of travel grants for architecture students.
06/18/13 Texas Builder Leo Linbeck Jr. Championed Tough Causes

Probe of Texas A&M University bonfire structure's fatal collapse in 1999 was led by this Houston contractor, who died on June 8.
06/05/13 Los Angeles BIM Pioneer Michael Cervantes Dies Suddenly at 38

BIM guru for L.A. County’s $6-billion community college upgrade implemented what was a widely touted BIM standard; July 31 online tributes deadline.
06/05/13 Joe Loring, World Trade Center Electrical Engineer, Dies at 86

Founder and former CEO-chairman of New York-based electrical-mechanical design firm started his career on top-secret work for the U.S. Army.
05/14/13 Architect and Marketing Advocate Ron Garikes Dies at 54

Architect executive was a former president and life member of the Society for Marketing Professional Services.
05/10/13 Tom Traylor, Who Grew Contractor Traylor Bros. Into Tunneling Giant, Is Dead

Second-generation engineer CEO was lauded for entrepreneurial and business instincts.
04/29/13 Architect Graham Downes, 55, Dies in San Diego Assault

Firm manager pleads not guilty to murder charge in beating death of noted West Coast urban designer; hearing is set for May 11.
04/16/13 George Schaefer, 84, Who Led a 1980s Caterpillar Transformation, Is Dead
Accountant became CEO and chairman of the equipment giant at a time of losses, labor strife and growing global competition.
04/16/13 Visionary Arizona Architect Paolo Soleri Dies at 93

Architect sought to integrate structures, including this bridge in Scottsdale, "into the living biosphere of the planet."
04/01/13 Engineer William F. Guyton, 95, Turned Groundwater Study Into Early Business
Texan was early U.S. Geological Survey employee in hydrology and started one of first groundwater consultants in 1950s.
03/07/13 Houston Architect Bill Kendall, 70, Was a Favored Design Partner

Humble designer worked well with star architects and developers on landmark U.S. buildings.
03/07/13 Forensic Bridge Engineer-Researcher Mark Moore, 55, Dies Suddenly

Wiss, Janney Elstner principal helped launch pioneering research center in bridge and structural testing.
03/07/13 Structural Engineer W. Gene Corley, 77, Led High-Profile Collapse Investigations

Expert, on site at 110-story World Trade Center towers in 2001 (right), led numerous probes of building failures in a 50-year career.
03/04/13 Bricklayers' President Jack Joyce, 77, Pushed for Workers

Union chief sought labor and political harmony in 20-year term but fought to preserve the union's interests
02/28/13 L. Gene Suhr, 79, Was CH2M Hill Wastewater Plant Design Innovator

CH2M Hill executive spurred the firm’s rise to top ranks of water-wastewater design over a 35-year career.
02/27/13 Engineer Chet Schirmer, 84, Was Fire Protection Pioneer
He led firm that influenced sprinkler system changes and fire safety design in tall buildings.
02/27/13 Kris Nielsen, 67, Raised the Bar on Megaproject Risk Management
The engineer-attorney was a noted author and lecturer.
02/27/13 Stephen Byrne, 69, Pushed Contractor Certification

Project executive-academic helped shape construction program at Texas A&M University
02/20/13 Guy Tozzoli, 90, Pushed Construction of World Trade Center

New York Port Authority manager went on to found a global association to promote world trade center development around the world.
02/11/13 California Pipeline Contractor Floyd Johnston, 72, Killed in Plane Crash

Cause of Jan. 6 crash, which also killed a company employee, 28, is not known.
02/06/13 Black Engineer Matthew L. Jones, 82, Was 38 Year Illinois DOT Veteran

Indiana Institute of Technology graduate also was active for decades in the growth of Aurora, Ill., the state's second-largest city.
02/06/13 London Olympics Designer John Hopkins Dies Suddenly at 59

Landscape architect led team whose green space design has transformed a once-derelict part of London.
01/14/13 Utah Building Contractor Jay Wadman, 85, Built Leading Western Firm

Construction firm founder also was active in funding scholarships for Native Americans.
01/10/13 Leading Philadelphia Architect James N. Kise II and Dam Safety Advocate Kenith Miller

Designer aided in transformation of historic icons; civil engineer helped enact safety rules in Georgia after fatal dam collapse
01/10/13 Obituary and Tributes: Noted Architecture Critic Ada Louise Huxtable
Writer "set the standard for architectural criticism in our time."
12/11/12 Obituary: Brazilian Architect Oscar Niemeyer, 104, Saw Cities of Curves

Not all favored the architect's design of the now iconic new capital of Brasilia, but local engineers say he pushed them to innovate.
12/05/12 John Cavanagh, 77, Was Leader in New York City Union Building

UPDATE: A public memorial service will be held on Jan. 24 at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan for John A. Cavanagh.
12/05/12 Joe Wilkinson, 87, Was First ENR Editor to Cover Vietnam War Construction

Veteran editor also pioneered coverage of facilities in Antarctica in four decades of writing that "defied" editing.
11/26/12 Dick Holmgren, CEO of Global Designer MWH Component Firm JMM, is Dead
Engineer who helped champion the firm’s first stock ownership plan, was 84
10/17/12 NTSB Early Review Is Unclear on Cause of Rail Execs' Crash

Fatal accident near Gary, Ind., killed two veteran rail construction consultants Patsy Crisafi (right), the aircraft pilot, and Vinnie Vaccarello, who were Florida-based business associates.
10/05/12 Gene Boeke, 86, Concrete Construction Guru, Is Dead

One-time Beers Construction water boy, became firm vice president and industry author and activist on best practices
09/19/12 John Lamberson, Construction Surety Pioneer, Is Dead

John Lamberson, Surety Executive, Is Dead
09/12/12 New Jersey Builder Benedict J. Torcivia Sr. Is Dead at 82

Architectural engineer grew Torcon Inc. into a leading pharmaceuticals industry builder whose sons have succeeded him as firm president.
09/05/12 'Father' of Wind Engineering, Jack E. Cermak, Is Dead

The researcher-practitioner, 89, whose innovative wind tunnel at Colorado State University attracted many visitors such as artist Andy Warhol in 1971 (right), pioneered wind-resistant design techniques that are standard today.
08/24/12 Cancer Claims Chiefs at Leading Contractor, Engineer and Architect

Industry top execs Ric Licata of Reno architect Licata Hansen Associates, Stephen Barlow of Massachusetts contractor J.F. White and Brock Johnson of Arkansas design firm Garver were company veterans and active in industry.
08/22/12 1970s Foster Wheeler CEO, Who Fought Takeover, Is Dead

Frank A. Lee helped reverse sliding revenue but declined to move the contractor into the then-booming nuclear market.
07/18/12 Obituary: Bill Larson, 88, Co-Founded Architect Giant DLR Group

Larson co-founded Overland Park, Kan.-based design firm DLR Group, which now has 500 employees and 2011 revenue of $110 million.
07/16/12 Bruce Woolpert, CEO of California Materials Firm, Dies in Boating Accident at 61

Chief of Granite Rock, a former corporate sibling of Granite Construction, grew the family business and was active in community and education circles.
06/29/12 Bill Kennedy Dead at 69, Pioneered Tunnel Ventilation Techniques

A Parsons Brinckerhoff senior engineer and vice president who developed transit design tools that became industry standards, died of cancer.
06/12/12 Consultant Don L. Short II, 60, Stressed Estimating Fundamentals

The founder of Tempest Co. was a crusader for estimating fundamentals and a much-read and controversial communicator.
05/31/12 Jim McMinimee, Utah's Super Fast Bridge Builder, is Dead at 51

Engineer who pioneered accelerated approaches in state and nationally, dies of undisclosed natural causes.
05/08/12 Ted C. Kennedy, Who Led Contractor BE&K and Pushed Industry Change, Dies at 81

Activist embraced open shop but advocated for craft labor and allied with organized labor and owners to boost industry safety, productivity and image
05/07/12 Howard Turner, Last in Family to Lead Turner Construction, Dies at 100

Former CEO joined the firm after a long outside career in research chemistry.
05/07/12 Noted Stanford U. Seismic Engineer Helmut Krawinkler Dies at 72

Krawinkler is credited with laying the foundation for performance-based seismic design.
04/16/12 Barrier-Breaking Architect John S. Chase Dies in Texas at 87

African-American was first architecture grad of University of Texas and first allowed entry in professional societies, among other milestones.
04/16/12 Veteran Project Manager James R. Endler is Dead

New York City-based construction executive, whose projects included the World Trade Center and London’s Canary Wharf, was 82.
04/09/12 Architect-Engineer CHSQA Loses Last Surviving Founder

Lured from Kansas to Boise, Neil H. Smull pioneered energy efficient design in 1970s
04/09/12 Kentucky Design-Builder Loses Co-Founder and Matriarch at 91

Lois H. Gray kept Gray Construction on track after 1972 death of husband and co-founder James N. Gray.
04/09/12 N.J. Road-Utility Contracting Giant J. Fletcher Creamer Sr. is Dead

Founder’s son pushed construction firm into new realms in Garden State and beyond
04/09/12 Robert V. Whitman and John Lowe III, Geotechnical Pioneers, Are Dead

Engineers pushed limits of knowledge in earthquake engineering and use of roller-compacted concrete in dams.
04/08/12 Building Trades Confirm Sudden Death of President Mark Ayers April 8

Executive, who had an apparent fatal heart attack, was the first non-general president of a union to win the top spot.
03/19/12 Engineer and Composites Guru Ivan M. Viest Is Dead At 89

Researcher was a pioneer in load and resistance factor design for buildings and bridges
02/27/12 HOK Principal Who Guided Global Growth Dies at 75

Gerard G. Gilmore served in numerous marketing and business development roles over 40 years.
02/27/12 Worker Illness Researcher Steven Levin Dies at 70 of Cancer

Director of N.Y.’s Selikoff Center studied impacts of 9/11 site toxins, asbestos and silica dust
02/03/12 Trench Safety Firm President Dies in Plane Crash

Tom Coble was pilot, but the cause of the accident is not yet known, says the company.
11/07/11 Cynthia Whitaker, 69, Former ISEC Vice President

Whitaker, 69, was the former preconstruction vice president at ISEC Inc., Englewood, Colo.
11/07/11 Lynn Bellenger, First Woman To Head 55,000-Member ASHRAE Group, Dies at 62

Energy software expert led 55,000-member group in 2010-2011
10/17/11 Burton S. Sperber, Landscape Architecture 'Magician,' Dies at 82

Valley Crest founder and former CEO grew California firm to nearly $1 billion before recession
10/10/11 California Earthquake Research Pioneer Joe Penzien Dies at 86

California academic-consultant developed the first modern shake table and pioneered earthquake engineering research.
10/10/11 Grouting Expert A. Clive Houlsby Dies in Australia

Civil engineer and well-known lecturer advocated a controversial grout formula change that now has become an industry standard.
10/10/11 Michigan Construction Leader Ben C. Maibach Jr. Is Dead at 91

One-time laborer rose to chairman of building giant Barton Malow Co.
09/14/11 Industry Social Media Leader Imad Naffa Dies Suddenly of Heart Attack at Age 49

Dubbed the “Twitter King” by BusinessNewsDaily.com, an online publication for startups, Naffa claimed more than 56,000 followers.
09/09/11 Imad Naffa, Social Media Pioneer, Dies Suddenly

Jordanian-born civil engineer and prolific on-line communicator, suffered fatal heart attack at age 49 on Sept. 7
08/29/11 James Poirot, CH2M Hill Exec, is Dead at 79
James Poirot, industry executive and engineer, led an epic and controversial effort to develop an industry-wide project quality control manual.
08/24/11 Bud Nelson, Fire Safety Engineering Innovator, Dead at 82

Government engineer set benchmarks for specialized discipline in 60-year career
08/01/11 Former ENR Researcher Turnay, 82, Dies
A graduate of Wellesley with a B.A. in English literature, Turnay spoke English, German, French, and Polish.
08/01/11 Former ENR Researcher Turnay, 82, Dies

A graduate of Wellesley with a B.A. in English literature, Turnay spoke English, German, French, and Polish.
08/01/11 PSI President Hal Branum Dies at Age 69

A 32-year veteran of the PSI, Branum led many of its high-profile projects.
07/06/11 Labor Arbiter is Dead at 89

John C. Truesdale served five terms on National Labor Relations Board
07/06/11 Sears Tower Builder Dies at 78

Richard Halpern, who co-founded Chicago CM firms Schal and RISE, passed away at the age of 78.
06/29/11 Curtain-Wall Testing Pioneer 'Sak' Sakhnovsky is Dead at 84

Chemist turned a university lab into the world’s first and largest testing facility.
06/29/11 25-Year U.S. Capitol Architect George White Dies in Maryland at 90

The first practicing architect to hold the job in a century, White created a master plan and won cheers and some jeers for his efforts.
06/27/11 U.S. Subcontractor Group Loses National President

Obituaries
06/22/11 Former PCL President Dies

Former PCL head dies at 74.
06/06/11 Ex-Fluor CEO Les McCraw Dies After Long Bout With Cancer

Leslie G. “Les” McCraw, who expanded Fluor Corp. into a global diversified powerhouse in the 1990s as chairman and CEO but whose forays were costly and prompted successors to shed non-core businesses, died on May 25 in Greenville, S.C., at age 75.
05/04/11 Arthur Witters, Builder of USAF Academy, Dies

Arthur G. Witters, among the first construction graduates of the University of Florida, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and a key figure in managing design, construction and early operation of the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., died on April 16 in Orlando at age 91.
05/04/11 Frank Stahl, Engineer on Key N.Y. Bridges, Is Dead

Frank L. Stahl, 91, a Holocaust survivor who became a noted bridge designer and the chief engineer at Ammann & Whitney Consulting Engineers PC, at which he built and rehabbed many major U.S. spans and highways, died on April 17 in Sandy Springs, Ga.
05/04/11 Vegas Labor Negotiator Jack Schaefer Dies at 64

Jack Schaefer, a respected labor negotiator in Las Vegas, president of the Nevada Contractors Association and a board member of several union trusts and apprenticeship programs, died on April 15 in that city. He was 64 and had pancreatic cancer, according to the association.
04/13/11 Obituaries: Raymon Dones, Erich Sennebogen Sr.
Raymon P. Dones, a contractor and industry activist who paved the way for minority contractors in construction, died on March 25 in Oakland, Calif. He was 93 and died of natural causes, says his son, Alan Dones, managing principal of Strategic Urban Development Alliance, a locally based developer.
04/06/11 Obituaries: Sir Frank Lampl, Robert A. Georgine

Sir Frank Lampl, an engineer who turned a modest U.K. building firm into the global giant Bovis Construction Group and was its chairman and CEO for 16 years, died on March 24 in London of complications related to his World War II and post-war imprisonment. He was 84.
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