Elected in 1994
“For leadership in the practice of heavy and underground construction and for improving contracting practices.”
BY JAMES LAMMIE
REUBEN SAMUELS, a principal engineering consultant at Parsons Brinckerhoff and a former executive of Thomas Crimmins Contracting Company, died on February 17, 2004, at the age of 78 at his home in Paramus, New Jersey. His passing marked the end of a distinguished career in civil engineering that spanned more than half a century. An internationally recognized expert in underground engineering and heavy construction, Reuben Samuels oversaw foundation work for some of New York City’s most prominent buildings. His commitment to quality engineering was matched by his personal commitment to education, both in his profession and in the community where he lived.
Reuben was born on January 11, 1926, in the village of Suffern, New York. After enlisting in the Navy, he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1943 to 1944. He continued his education at Dartmouth College and graduated in 1946 with a BSCE in civil engineering. After serving a year as an ensign in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineering Corps at Port Hueneme in California, Reuben attended the Graduate School of Engineering at Harvard University, where he received an MSCE in soil mechanics in 1948.