Obituary: Harold L. Michael, 1920-1999

Obituary: Harold L. Michael, 1920-1999

Harold L. Michael died on Aug. 3, 1999, while attending the Institute’s Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nev., USA. He was an ITE Honorary Member and served as the Institute’s 36th International President in 1975. Harold received the Burton W Marsh Distinguished Service Award, the Theodore M. Matson Memorial Award and the Wilbur S. Smith Distinguished Educator Award. He is the only person to have received all three of these awards.

Harold was born in Columbus, Ind., USA, in July 1920. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942 during World War II and attended officer’s candidate school. He landed in Normandy a few days after D-Day, and in 1946 he was awarded a Bronze Star. In 1994 he returned to Normandy with his grandson for the 50th anniversary commemoration.

Harold received his B.S.C.E. with Highest Distinction from Purdue University in 1950, and he also received his M.S.C.E. from Purdue in 1951. His entire professional career was associated with Purdue University. Harold held an Instructor’s position while on loan to the Indiana State Highway Commission in the early 1950s. In 1954 he was appointed Assistant Professor of Highway Engineering and Assistant Director of the Indiana Joint Highway Research Project. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1956 and to full Professor in 1961. In 1978 he became the Head of the School of Civil Engineering and Director of the Indiana Joint Highway Research Project. He retired in 1991. In 1992 Purdue University awarded Harold an Honorary Ph.D. in engineering.

Other organizations that benefited from Harold’s service include the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the American Railway Engineering Association, the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Public Works Association and the Eno Transportation Foundation. Harold had been very active in the American Road and Transportation Builders Association since 1963. He was a member of the Rotary Club and served the organization in many international leadership positions. He also served his community for over 34 years as the Head of the West Lafayette Traffic Commission.

Harold’s professional activities were many and varied. He was Chairman of the Transportation Research Board’s Department of Traffic and Operations from 1963 to 1970 and served a term on the Executive Committee and was Vice Chairman and Chairman for a year in each capacity. He was a National Director from Indiana for the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) for six years in the late 1960s and also served as a National Chairman of NSPE’s Professional Engineering Education Section from 1965 to 1967. Harold served as President of the Indiana Section of NSPE from 1961 to 1962 as well as Vice President and President of Indiana Highways for Survival.

Harold was dedicated to his profession, his community and his family, and he was a true gentleman. Sonya Margerum, the Mayor of West Lafayette, was quoted as saying, “He was a person who contributed for many years to the community in a quiet way.

Vincent Drnevich, Head of the School of Civil Engineering at Purdue University, said, “Harold has had a tremendous influence in our community, state and the world.”

Chang Chia-Juch, the Republic of China’s Vice Minister of Transportation, who received his Ph.D. from Purdue, said, “I went to Purdue because that’s where Harold Michael was.”

Many honors were bestowed on Harold throughout his lifetime. Academically, he was a member of Tau Beta Pi, Chi Epsilon and Sigma Xi, and he received the Chi Epsilon Best Student Award in 1948. He also was a recipient of the Roy W Crum Award for Outstanding Achievement in Transportation Research and was awarded ASCE’s James Laurie Prize for contributions to transportation engineering. In 1975 he was elected to the National Academy of Eneineering.

Harold’s ITE activities included serving as President of the Indiana Section in 1963, service on the International Board of Direction as Secretary-Treasurer, ITE Vice President for two years and then President. He was the Director for ITE’s District 3 for two years and Chairman of the ITE Metric Study Committee in 1970. From 1963 until his death, Harold served on the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices and the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Laws and Ordinances, for which he was Chairman of the Institute’s Delegation from 1971 to 1972. During Harold’s tenure as an officer of the Institute, he was an able administrator and wrote many of the procedures governing the Board. He served as the Chairman of the Institute’s 1971 Constitution Conference, which resulted in the broadening of the Institute to include other transportation disciplines.

ITE President Nazir Lalani said the following about Harold at the Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, “We will miss Harold’s wisdom, his kindness and his friendship. In lasting tribute to the substantial contribution that Harold made to our profession, to his students and to the Institute, we have named the Institute’s Headquarters Office library and the library on the ITE Web site as the Harold L. Michael Library. Those of us who knew and worked with Harold or were his students are most fortunate for the opportunity. Current and future generations of users of the ITE libraries will be reminded of Harold’s contributions to our profession and will benefit from this growing resource of technical information.” A fund in support of the aforementioned library has been established, and contributions are welcome. Please send donations to ITE, Attn: Peter W Frentz.

Abbas Mohaddes, PE. (M), accepted the position of Vice President of Transportation Systems for Odetics ITS of Anaheim, Calif, USA.

Margaret A. Kubilins, P.E. (M), Founder and President of Kubilins Traffic Consulting Inc. of Charlotte, N.C., USA, assumes the title of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman as Douglas A. Burns is appointed President. She won a national 1999 Avon Spirit of Enterprise Award. The award pays tribute to a group of outstanding women who have overcome personal and professional challenges to start and maintain successful businesses.

Allen L. Williford, PE. (F), of KimleyHorn and Associates of Raleigh, N.C., USA, was promoted to Senior Associate.

Richard C. Adams, PE. (M), of Kimley-Horn and Associates of Raleigh, N.C., USA, was promoted to Associate.

Thomas N. Harvey (M), Vice President of Harvey Consultants Inc., Concord, Mass., USA, was elected to the Board of Directors of Roy E Weston Inc. of West Chester, Pa., USA, for a term of one year.

David M. Warner, P.E. (F), was named Minneapolis Area Manager for Parsons Brinckerhoff.

James H. Suttle, P.E. (M), was awarded the 1999 Order of the Tower by the University of Nebraska at Omaha. This highest nonacademic award is given annually to individuals for their service and contributions to the university.

John W. Duckett, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Board of Directors of Barrier Systems Inc. appointed Owen S. Denman, PE., to the position of President of the company.

Matthew J. Selinger, PE. (M), joined HDR Engineering Inc. of Omaha, Neb., USA, as a Traffic and Transportation Engineer.

Randy Goddard, PE. (M), was promoted to Vice President of Operations and Technical Services for Kubilins Traffic Consulting Inc., which adopted the new name of Kubilins Transportation Group Inc. of Charlotte, N.C., USA.

Raymond J. Perisin, PE. (A), Chief Civil Engineer, Clark Engineers Inc., Peoria, Ill., USA, was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the company.

Deborah A. Dagang (A) was elected Principal of DKS Associates and will continue to manage the planning group in the Oakland, Calif., USA, office.

Thomas Schmitt (EC), former top Arizona Department of Transportation Executive, joins Robert Bein, William Frost & Associates in the Phoenix, Ariz., USA, office.

Michael J. Harris (A) was named a Senior Supervising Engineer at PB Farradyne Inc. of Rockville, Md., USA.

Thomas F Larwin, PE. (F), General Manager of the Metropolitan Transit Development Board in San Diego, Calif., USA, received the 1999 “Transportation Professional of the Year Award” presented by the Institute of Transportation Engineers Border Section. This award recognizes an active member of the Border Section who has made a notable contri

bution to the planning, design, construction, or operations of the transportation facilities in San Diego County.

Arnold Sheiffer was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SmartRoute System Inc.

Haseeb Amhad Ghumman (A) joined TVGA Engineering, Survey, PC. of Elma, N.Y, USA, as Traffic Engineer.

Kevin J. Grigg (M), District Manager for Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Midwest District, was promoted to Senior Vice President of Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas Inc.

Mark Vincent McDonald, PE. (M), joined Kubilins Transportation Group Inc. of Charlotte, N.C., USA.

John A. Nawn, PE. (M), Director of Transportation Engineering for Valley Forge Laboratories Inc. in Devon, Pa., USA, was awarded Diplomate status in the American Board of Forensic Engineering and Technology. Individuals approved for Diplomate Status must achieve proficiency in a variety of topics, procedures and ethical standards, and must meet rigorous criteria of the diplomate program.

Matthew E. Best (A) was named a Project Traffic Engineer by Gannett Fleming of Harrisburg, Pa., USA.

Michael D. Falini, PE. (A), was named a Vice President in the Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, office of URS Greiner Woodward Clyde.

James D. Otterson, PE. (M), joined Linscott, Law & Greenspan Engineers as Associate Principal in the Costa Mesa, Calif., USA, office.

Lawrence F Yermack (M) was named President of PB Farradyne Inc., the Intelligent Transportation Systems subsidiary of Parsons Brinckerhoff in the Rockville, Md., USA, office.

Melissa S. Tooley, P.E. (A), was named Director of the Mack-Blackwell Transportation Center at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

Howard R. Chapman, PE. (F), was selected by the Board of Directors to become the first Executive Director of the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority in South Carolina.

Nicole A. Dupre, PE. (M), was named Principal of Transportation Engineering, Planning and Policy (TEPP LLC) of Concord, N.H., USA, and Reading, Mass., USA. The firm was formerly known as HSA Corp., The Transportation Engineering Company.

David A. Stroud, PE. (M), and Carl A. Thornburg (A), of McMahon Associates Inc. in Fort Washington, Pa., USA, received professional certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners.

James Barbaresso (A) was promoted to Midwest Regional Vice President for Odetics ITS, an Anaheim, Calif, USA, based company.

Khaled Al-Sahili (A) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering of An-Najah National University, Nablus, West Bank, Israel.

Barbara A. Kovell (IA), founder of Sun-Lab Technology in Uniontown, Pa., USA, was named President of the firm.

Heidi H. Lansdell, P.Eng. (M), assumed the position of Principal Policy Officer with Transport Western Australia.

Richard W. Henson, former Executive Vice President, was named President of Clary Corp. of Monrovia, Calif, USA.

Gary L. Shannon, PE. (A), joined RLK-Kuusisto Ltd’s Minnetonka, Minn., USA, office as Senior Traffic Engineer.

Richard C. Beckert, PE. (M), joined Burgess Sr Niple, Limited as Director of Transportation in the Akron, Ohio, USA, office.

Andrew R. Lipman (A) joined Uniroyal Optoelectronics, a subsidiary of Uniroyal Technology Corp., as Vice President of Business Development in Sarasota, Fla., USA.

Andres E. Nunez Jr., PE. (F), a Principal of TEI Engineers & Planners of Tampa, Fla., USA, was selected for membership in the 1999 Class of Georgia Institute of Technology’s Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni. Membership is reserved for alumni of the College of Engineering who have distinguished and sustained contributions to the profession.

Dennis J. Whal (F) joined BRW as its Transportation Planning Manager in the San Diego, Calif, USA, office.

Leslie N. Jacobson, PE. (M), was named a Senior Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Specialist in the Seattle, Wash., USA, office of PB Farradyne Inc., the ITS subsidiary of Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Bernard Alpern (A) joined KPMG as a Senior Manager in the New York City, N.Y., USA, office.

David B. Roden, PE. (M), joined KPMG as a Senior Manager in the Tysons Corner, Va., USA, office.

John A. Colangelo (EG) is the new Intelligent Transportation System Manager for Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc. of Watertown, Mass., USA.

Vahid Karimi, PE. (M), is the new Managing Director of Transportation Engineering Group for Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc. of Watertown, Mass., USA.

Stephen O’Neill, PE. (M), of Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc., Watertown, Mass., USA, is the winner of the 1999 American Public Works Association Young Leader Award.

Michael J. Glickman (A) joined GrayCalhoun & Associates Inc. of Tampa, Fla., USA, as Transportation Engineer.

Carol A. Carter (M) was promoted to Director of Transportation for the Kubilins Transportation Group Inc. of Charlotte, N.C., USA.

Joseph C. Balskus, PE. (A), was promoted to Project Manager for Fuss & O’Neill Inc. in the Portland, Conn., USA, office.

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