Drilled Shaft Industry Legend Dr. Lymon C. Reese, 1917-2009

Dr. Lymon C. Reese 1917 - 2009 A legend in the Drilled Shaft Industry, Dr. Lymon C. Reese has passed away at age 92. Dr. Reese is perhaps best know in the industry as the co-author, along with the late Dr. Michael O’Neill (one of his former students), of the 1999 FHWA Manual entitled "Drilled Shafts: Construction Procedures and Design Methods". This publication was a culmination of many years of work for the Texas Department of Transportation, and many seminal papers on the topic of deep foundations. In a fitting testimony to his legacy, the forthcoming revision to that FHWA manual is being led by Dr. Dan Brown, another one of his distinguished former students. (Photo from ADSC)

Among his many accolades:

  • Held the titles of Associate Professor, Professor, Chairman of the Department of Civil Engineering, Associate Dean for Research for the College of Engineering and Nasser Al-Rashid Chair Emeritus in Civil Engineering at the University of Texas during his tenure between 1955 and 1988
  • Elected member of National Academy of Engineering in 1975
  • Joe J. King Professional Achievement Award from the College of Engineering, The University of Texas, in February, 1977
  • 1983 ASCE Terzaghi Award Winner
  • 1986 ASCE Terzaghi Lecturer

The ADSC and Geo-Institute both have information on Dr. Reese’s passing. His obituary with information on the service can be found here.