Founder of GZA and active Boston section member Goldberg dies at 92

Donald T. Goldberg, co-founder of the geotechnical engineering firm GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. and an active member of the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section, has died. He was 92.


“It would be difficult to discuss the history of the geoenvironmental consulting industry without mentioning Donald Goldberg,” wrote current GZA president and CEO Patrick Sheehan on the company website. “GZA’s core values – operating with integrity, embracing challenges, providing opportunities for all, caring for our communities, and supporting employee ownership – were instilled in the firm by our co-founders 56 years go, and were reflected in how Don led

Pioneering engineering mechanics author and academic Boresi dies at 96

Arthur Peter “Art” Boresi, professor emeritus of civil and architectural engineering at the University of Wyoming, a longtime professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and known globally for the seminal books he authored or co-authored, has died. He was 96.


Boresi, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, served for decades on the theoretical and applied mechanics faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign before moving to the state of Wyoming. At UIUC he gained considerable experience in mechanics as a teaching assistant while working on his master’s degree, and as an instructor while working on his doctoral degree.

Portland, Oregon environmental leader active in EWRI dies at 45

Alexander Krokus, executive director and senior policy analyst for the Ethical Environmental Policy Consortium in Portland, Oregon, has died from complications of leukemia. He was 45.


When Krokus entered the world of local, state, and then national politics with his climate advocacy and founding of a nonprofit research organization, he took that world by storm with his persistence, perfectionism, and determination in successfully bending the ears of the powerful.

​Krokus was a member of the Environmental & Water Resources Institute’s Renewable Energy Technologies Task Committee, Water Regulatory Standards Committee, and Hydraulic Fracturing Education Task Committee, and was secretary

Army Corps project manager, past Met Section president dies at 82

Fletcher H. “Bud” Griffis, retired construction professor emeritus at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering, and a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers global builder, has died. He was 82.


Griffis, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, was a member of the ASCE Board of Direction from 1997-99 and served as director and past president of the Society’s Metropolitan Section, past chair of the Committee on Professional Publications, and past chair of the Construction Division.

As New York district engineer for the Corps, he managed all Army and Air Force construction projects from southern New Jersey to Maine and from Greenland

Texas water resources engineer dies at 61

Michael Joseph Dellies, director of water resources at Teague Nall and Perkins Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas, has died. He was 61.


He was a quintessential volunteer. By contrast or complement, as he recently told it, his career may have been slowed down a bit when his children were growing up, because if a work meeting ran long, he would leave early if a child had an activity that evening.

Dellies, P.E., F.ASCE, was involved with the ASCE Fort Worth Branch for years and had been a civil engineer since 1984. Teague Nall & Perkins provides engineering services

Colorado high-altitude Pikes Peak visitor center to offer ‘iconic experience’

Colorado has more than 50 mountains that exceed 14,000 ft in height, but Pikes Peak is one of a kind. Named for the famed explorer Zebulon Pike, the 14,115 ft summit, which is also known as America’s Mountain, inspired poet Katharine Lee Bates to write the patriotic song America the Beautiful. Located 12 mi west of Colorado Springs, this National Historic Landmark has long attracted tourists, who have the option of traveling to the mountaintop by car, cog railway, or foot. For decades, those reaching the top of Pikes Peak have been met by the Summit House, a modest