Longtime Indiana structural engineer and Purdue associate professor dies at 90

Robert Otto Etzler, a structural engineer known as an inveterate optimist, has died. He was 90.


Born on the Etzler family farm near Convoy, Ohio, Robert attended Valparaiso University and received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1952. He began his career at Joy Manufacturing Company in Michigan City, Indiana, but within several months was inducted into the U.S. Army for service in the Philippines and Korea as a corporal.

Etzler, M.ASCE, after his discharge from the Army, married and worked for the Illinois Highway Department in Ottawa. His professional career progressed with Kingscott Associates in Kalamazoo,

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