Arnold L. Windman, a former top executive of consulting engineer Syska & Hennessy, New York City, and an early advocate of tort and liability reform, died on June 19 in Hilton Head, S.C., of complications from a fall, says his family. He was 83. As a senior engineer, partner, president and vice chairman of the firm, Windman oversaw a number of its key design projects, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the American Hospital in Paris. He retired in 1991. A former president of the society that preceded the American Council of Engineering Companies, Windman led the creation of the American Tort Reform Association, a national education and lobbying group.
Kurt D. Gustafson, director of technical assistance at the American Institute of Steel Construction and founder and former principal of Chicago-based structural engineering firm Tylk Gustafson Reckers Wilson Andrews, died on June 19 of a heart attack. He was 68. “Kurt was a very thorough and very knowledgeable engineer,” says Michael Tylk, also a principal of the firm. “He was a great mentor for our younger engineers.” Gustafson was a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Theron Z. “T.Z.” Chastain, a pioneer in the design of reinforced concrete structures and in the investigation of structural collapses, died on June 18 at age 89. Chastain was founder and principal of Atlanta-based Chastain Forensic Corp., acquired by forensic engineer Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc., Northbrook, Ill., in 1990. He also served as president of the American Concrete Institute in 1981.