Pioneering geotechnical engineer Woods dies at 85

ASCE Distinguished Member Richard D. Woods, pioneering researcher, beloved academic, and a driving force behind the Geo-Institute, has died. He was 85.


When he entered the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, perhaps his most influential mentor was a professor who had known the great Karl Terzaghi himself, and who interested him in foundation engineering in general and soil dynamics in particular.

Woods, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE (Ret.), Dist.M.ASCE, NAE, was professor emeritus of UM since 2000, continuing his more than 35 years there as faculty. After a formal “retirement,” he taught at Notre Dame University one semester each

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