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Original ASCE 7 Chair, Former Ammann & Whitney CEO Cohen Dies at 96

ASCE Distinguished Member Edward Cohen, who oversaw the creation of ASCE 7 and shared in ASCE’s 1987 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement award for restoration of the Statue of Liberty, has died at 96. Cohen, P.E., NAE, Dist.M.ASCE, was CEO of Ammann & Whitney in New York City from 1977 through 1996, where he spent the majority of his career, rising from associate engineer starting in...

A Pioneer of Design for Welding, Blodgett Dies at 99

Distinguished Member Omer W. Blodgett, whose books on design for welding are considered to form the foundation of the entire field, died Jan. 11 at 99. Blodgett, P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, was a design consultant and mechanical engineer at Lincoln Electric Co., in Cleveland, for more than 60 years. He was known internationally as an expert in the design of welded connections and was influential in development...

Texas Section Leader, Dedicated Corpus Christi Engineer Wuensche Dies

Vernon Allen Wuensche, 66, active in the Texas Section and its Corpus Christi Branch, and a project designer for the city for more than three decades, died Dec. 25 at his home. Wuensche, P.E., M.ASCE, began his career with the engineering consulting firm of Ogletree & Gunn of Corpus Christi and was next employed by Urban Engineering, where he worked on utility and wastewater management...

Structural Engineer Behind Notable New York Skyscrapers Has Died

ASCE has learned of the passing of Fellow John G. Shmerykowsky, P.E., F.ASCE, founding principal of Shmerykowsky Consulting Engineers in New York City, who died on April 2. He was 79. Shmerykowksy established the structural engineering firm in 1996 and was soon joined by his son, Marco J. Shmerykowsky, P.E., F.ASCE. Over the course of 20 years, father and son built a company serving clients...

DeSimone, Innovative Engineer With Impressive Hotel Projects, Dies at 78

Vincent J. DeSimone, founder and chairman of DeSimone Consulting Engineers in New York City, died on November 16. He was 78. DeSimone, P.E., M.ASCE, established the firm in 1969 and had been senior principal-in-charge of design since its outset. The firm has designed projects in 40 states and 18 countries. DeSimone headed many projects, including the Four Seasons Miami (the tallest building in Miami when it...

Gary Gilbert, Orange County Branch Past President, Dies at 43

Gary Gilbert, P.E., G.E., ENV SP, M.ASCE, an active member of California’s Orange County Branch and dedicated civil engineer, has died at the age of 43. Gilbert was the Branch’s immediate past president, serving as president for the 2014-15 term. He joined ASCE in 1995 and served in several leadership positions, including Student Chapter president at California State University, Long Beach, Orange County Younger Member...

Former Region 5 Governor, Louisiana’s ‘Ray’ DesOrmeaux Dies

Eugene Raymond “Ray” DesOrmeaux, P.E., F.ASCE, former Region 5 Governor and devoted Lafayette, LA, civil engineer, died recently, one day shy of his 77th birthday. A native of New Orleans, DesOrmeaux saw his life’s work as service to his home state of Louisiana, particularly the people of Lafayette. The ASCE Life Member served terms as president, secretary, and treasurer of the Louisiana Section, and was a...

Alabama’s Richard Woodruff, a Member for 79 Years, Dies at 103

One of ASCE’s longest tenured members has died, a professional who continued giving of his engineering abilities to projects in Alabama long after retirement. Richard Shaul Woodruff, who joined ASCE in 1937 as a student at the University of Alabama College of Engineering, died in Birmingham at the age of 103. He achieved ASCE Life Member status in 1978, before the oldest of today’s Younger Members...

71-Year ASCE Member, Former Colorado Section President Day Dies at 91

A Life Member who joined ASCE in 1945, David Allen Day, P.E., F.ASCE, a construction and excavation expert, has died at 91. Day served as president of the Colorado Section in 1965 and as editor and chair of the National Construction Division of ASCE. Born in Ann Arbor, MI, Day earned his bachelor’s degree at Cornell University and his master’s at the University of Illinois. He...

Transformative Editor of ENR and 1976 ASCE President Arthur Fox Dies

Arthur J. Fox Jr., Pres.1976.ASCE, F.ASCE, among civil engineering’s most influential figures of the 20th century, both at ASCE and as a longtime editor of Engineering News-Record magazine, has died at 92. “Art was a dear friend and a true American hero,” said ASCE Executive Director Thomas W. Smith III, ENV SP, CAE, F.ASCE. “After serving his country during World War II, he worked tirelessly...