Thomas R. Kuesel, a noted bridge and tunnel engineer and former partner at Parsons Brinckerhoff, New York City, died on Feb. 17 in Connecticut after a long illness. He was 83. Kuesel, whose PB career spanned 43 years, contributed as project manager or engineer to more than 270 transportation structures and systems in the U.S. and abroad. He was named chairman of PB’s U.S. transportation design unit in 1984, retiring in 1990. Kuesel, who was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1977, was co-editor of the Tunnel Engineering Handbook, a standard reference manual used worldwide, and published more than 60 technical articles.
Herbert P. “Herb” McKim, co-founder and 45-year principal of the Wilmington, N.C., architectural firm Ballard, McKim and Sawyer, died on March 3 in that city. He was 82. McKim was lead architect on many notable public and educational buildings in the state and president of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He was an American Institute of Architects fellow and earned the F. Carter Williams Gold Medal from the state AIA chapter for service. McKim’s firm now is known as Bowman, Murray and Hemingway. His son, Herbert McKim Jr., is president of the Wilmington-based engineering firm McKim & Creed.