ment of the Army, a Distinguished Civil Engineering Alumnus Award from the University of Illinois, an honorary doctorate in engineering from Purdue University, and an Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award from the North Carolina Society of Engineers. He was an ASEE fellow and was elected an honorary member of both ASCE and ASEE. In 1975, he was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering for his pioneering work in soil mechanics and foundation engineering. In 1978, he was named a National Honor Member of Chi Epsilon, the honorary society of civil engineering. Shortly before his death, he was honored as a member of the charter class of fellows by the Professional Engineers of North Carolina.
Ralph enjoyed many sports activities, such as golf and fishing, and for many years he jogged regularly to maintain his physical fitness. He led the North Carolina State University Faculty Athletics Council for 12 years, served twice as president of the Atlantic Coast Conference, and served a four-year term as vice president of District 3 of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Ralph was a caring and civic-minded person. For many years, he served as a commissioner of the Raleigh Housing Authority and was active with the Salvation Army.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Elaine; a daughter, Jane Fields Fadum of Raleigh; a brother, Torgeir B. Fadum Jr., and his wife, Mary, of Grand Island, New York; two stepdaughters, Cynthia Haverly of Valparaiso, Indiana, and Linda Eason of Canton, Michigan; and a stepgranddaughter, Kristen Eason.
A man of the highest integrity with a strong sense of loyalty to the institutions he served, his staff, and his friends, Ralph was an inspiring teacher and an outstanding leader. He will be greatly missed by his friends, colleagues, students, and all who knew him.