Samuel Weissman, a former senior vice president at Ammann & Whitney in New York whose work on major transportation projects earned him acclaim from the White House to the mayor of New York, has died at 86.
In 59 years with Ammann & Whitney, Weissman, P.E., F.ASCE, was responsible for hundreds of projects. He led work on the George Washington, Triborough, Throgs Neck, Bronx-Whitestone, Verrazano Narrows, and Golden Gate bridges; oversaw transit station designs in Boston, Dallas, Washington, Los Angeles, and Atlanta, as well as abroad in Japan, Argentina, El Salvador, and Indonesia; and highway designs such as the I-10 Covered Deck in Phoenix.
He held leadership positions in Ammann & Whitney’s facilities, transportation, and construction supervision divisions as partner and senior VP.
Weissman’s early years were with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Fort Belvoir, VA, providing research, development, analysis, and design for structures requiring blast resistance, such as the Anti-Ballistic Missile System Perimeter Acquisition Radar Facility. He also worked on a restoration of the U.S. Capitol building’s west facade.
Weissman received commendations from the White House in 1969 and from New York City Mayor Ed Koch 20 years later.
In 2012, the Life Member was named Metropolitan Section Civil Engineer of the Year. He also served as director of that Section and was a charter member of the Structural Engineering Institute. He published technical papers and reports through ASCE and the National Academy of Sciences, among others.
Weissman was an avid hiker, and all who loved him feel pride at the sight of the bridges, roads, and structures he helped design and maintain.