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Kaminetzky
KAMINETZKY

Dov Kaminetzky, a pioneer in forensic engineering and founding partner and 30-year president of New York City engineer Feld, Kaminetzky and Cohen (FKC), died on July 17 after a long illness. He was 83. Widely known for his expertise in structural failures, he authored “Design and Construction Failures—Lessons From Forensic Investigations,” published in 1992 by The McGraw-Hill Cos., the parent of ENR. Kaminetzky also was structural engineer on such New York City landmarks as the Guggenheim Museum and the North River water pollution-control plant, both in Manhattan, and an adjunct professor at City University of New York’s graduate engineering school. Kaminetzky, born and educated in Israel, was a decorated Israeli military officer who was seriously wounded in 1948 during construction of the so-called Burma Road, the route that enabled supplies to reach the city of Jerusalem under heavy fire during the country’s war of independence. He was FKC president from 1975 until retiring in 2005.

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