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LYNN S. BEEDLE

1917–2003

Elected in 1972

“For contributions to steel structures research and design practice, especially plastic design and residual stress effects.”


BY JOHN W. FISHER


LYNN S. BEEDLE, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering, Lehigh University, died on October 30, 2003, at the age of 85.

Lynn was born on the San Francisco side of the Golden Gate Strait in Orland, California, on December 7, 1917, one of seven children of Granville and Carol (Simpson) Beedle. He grew up in the San Francisco area and was influenced by the construction and opening of the Golden Gate Bridge, which was completed in 1937. His attendance at the opening of the bridge and his observations during its construction contributed to his decision to focus on civil engineering as an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley. Lynn received a B.S. in civil engineering with a minor in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley in 1941.

After a short term of employment as an engineer at the Todd-California Shipbuilding Corporation in 1941, Lynn was commissioned as a naval officer at the beginning of World War II and began his military service as a student in naval architecture at the U.S. Navy Postgraduate School. His career in the Navy included instructor at the Postgraduate School of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland; officer-in-charge of research on underwater explosions at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in 1942; an assignment in the U.S. Navy Bureau of Ships in Washington, D.C.; participation in the 1946 Bikini atoll atomic bomb tests as



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