December 11, 2015 |
Lee Wehle, 90, formerly of Narberth, a civil engineer for the state Department of Transportation, died Monday, Nov. 23, at Blue Bell Place after a bout with pneumonia. Mr. Wehle led a life full of what he liked to call "ordinary adventure. " He attended school in New London, Conn. On May 23, 1939, he was in math class when students began flocking to the windows and cheering. Steaming past them down the Thames River was the Falcon, a former minesweeper on its way to reach 59 sailors trapped aboard the submarine Squalus, which was disabled on the ocean floor off Portsmouth, N.H. "It was a sight he never forgot," said daughter Ellen.
January 20, 2015 |
Pasquale A. Dougherty, 68, of Springfield, Delaware County, a civil engineer, died Monday, Jan. 12, of colon cancer at home. He had lived in Springfield since May and before that in Mechanicsburg and Upper Darby, the latter for 30 years. Known as Pat, Mr. Dougherty worked in the highway industry and retired July 30, 2014. He had been found to have cancer in 2012 but did not let it slow his activities. "He loved being an engineer," said his wife, Elizabeth King Dougherty. He earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1968, and a master's in transportation engineering in 1975, both from Villanova University.
October 30, 2014
L OUIS RODRIGUEZ , 46, of Williamstown, N.J., is president of Rodriguez Consulting, in North Philadelphia. The Chester native founded the civil-engineering firm in 2007. It's the 54th-fastest-growing inner-city business on the 2014 Inner City 100 compiled by the Massachusetts-based Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for the biz? A: I was working for the Philadelphia Water Department and noticed a lot of work was outsourced to private firms.
October 23, 2014 |
Richard E. Lander, 88, of Wayne, a civil engineer, fire company leader, and Episcopal Academy alumnus, died Monday, Oct. 13, of end-stage dementia at Paoli Pointe retirement community. Mr. Lander, known as "Dick," was a respected civil engineer, holding executive positions at various companies, and retiring as the executive director of the Northampton Township Municipal Authority in Bucks County in 2002 at age 76. Mr. Lander received his degree in civil engineering from Tufts University in 1948.
July 30, 2014 |
William J. Sponseller, 87, a civil railroad engineer and longtime Wayne resident, died Thursday, July 24, of cancer at Shannondell at Valley Forge. Mr. Sponseller was hired by the Pennsylvania Railroad as a civil engineer fresh out of college, and remained in the industry throughout his career, retiring from Amtrak in 1991. Born in Canton, Ohio, he attended Lincoln High School there while also working to help support his family. He served in the Navy during World War II, and then attended Illinois Institute of Technology on the GI Bill.
June 16, 2014 |
Edwyn L. Shoemaker Jr., 89, formerly of Haddonfield, a retired civil engineer and former World War II Navy Seabee, died Thursday, June 5, of pneumonia at Brittany Pointe Estates, Lansdale. Mr. Shoemaker grew up in Olney and graduated from Germantown Academy High School in 1943. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 1940. Between 1943 and 1946 he served with the Navy Construction Battalion, called the Seabees, aboard a hydrographic surveying yacht in Bermuda. Hydrography is an applied science that deals with mapping the seas and adjoining coastlines, for the purpose of navigation.
January 29, 2014 |
John L. Benn Sr., 93, of Media, a civil engineer and world-class tennis player, died Sunday, Jan. 12, of an infection at St. Andrews Estates North in Boca Raton, Fla., where he had lived for the last two decades. Born in Birmingham, England, he immigrated with his mother and older brother to Toronto, Ontario, to join their father. Later the family moved to New York City. As a boy. Mr. Benn excelled at ice hockey, golf, and tennis. He attended public schools in New York. At Brown University, he majored in civil engineering, and competed on the swimming, diving, and tennis teams.
March 10, 2013 |
Howard W. Eckert Jr., 87, former mayor and longtime borough councilman of Sellersville, Bucks County, died Tuesday, March 5, at St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem, Pa., of head injuries suffered in a fall near his Telford retirement residence on Feb. 26. Mr. Eckert had just finished loading groceries when he fell in a parking lot. He was rushed to the trauma unit at St. Luke's for treatment, his family said. From July 1969 to November 2000, Mr. Eckert served on the borough council, stepping down in 2000 to become mayor.