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Friday, 12 October 2012 12:07

Richard Dillon Barksdale (1938 – 2007)


Richard (Dick) D. Barksdale was born May 2, 1938 in Orlando, Florida. He received an Associate Science degree from Southern Technical Institute in 1958, a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1962 and 1963, respectively, and a Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1966. His doctorate under his advisor Professor Gerry Leonards was completed in a record two-year timeframe. Over the next three decades, Dick's research interests would cover many areas within geotechnical and pavement engineering, including: finite element analyses, elastic theory, flexible pavement systems, ground modification, building settlements, behavior of residual soils, aggregates, and resilient modulus. 

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Friday, 12 October 2012 12:06

Ralph B. Peck (1912-2008)

Ralph B. Peck (1912-2008)

Ralph B. Peck, Professor Emeritus of Foundation Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign died of congestive heart failure on February 18, 2008, at his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  He was born in Winnipeg, Canada, to his American parents, Orwin K and Ethel Huyck Peck on June 23, 1912.

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Friday, 12 October 2012 12:04

Pedro A. de Alba (1939-2011)

 Dear Colleagues,

It is with great regret that I have to inform you that Professor Pedro A. de Alba passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday February 20, 2011. Born in Chihuahua, Mexico on April 2, 1939, he obtained his BSCE in 1964 from the National University of Mexico (UNAM). Following his undergraduate degree he spent two years working with Dr. Leonardo Zeevaert, a well-known consulting engineer, on foundation problems in Mexico City.

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Thursday, 11 October 2012 21:00

Jerry Yamamuro (1954-2010)


Dear Geotechnical Colleagues:

It is with much sadness that I convey that Jerry Yamamuro died on August 18, 2010, just short of 56 years old, after having suffered from diabetes and associated diseases for many years. Jerry did not complain, but his associated diseases were never really diagnosed although he was the subject of many hospitalizations, medical examinations and experimentations.

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