Elected in 1987
“For pioneering contributions to highway maintenance management systems and research”
BY FRED N. FINN
(WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM HIS SONS GARY AND JEFF BYRD)
GARY BYRD, a leader among leaders in his chosen profession as a civil engineer, died March 20, 2009, in Tryon, North Carolina, at the age of 85. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 6, 1923, the son of Lloyd Porter and Gladys Ardee (Daniell) Byrd. He received his B.S. in civil engineering from the Ohio State University in 1950, following time spent at the University of Michigan in 1944–45. In 1978 Gary was honored by his alma mater with its College of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award.
His early professional experience began in 1949 at the Ohio State Highway Department. In 1956 he moved to the Ohio Turnpike Authorities serving as its maintenance engineer until 1960. That year he moved to Ridgewood, New Jersey, to become associate editor at Public Works Publications. In 1963 he formed a partnership with Bertrum D. Tallamy, who had been the Federal Highway Administrator in the Eisenhower administration. He later formed the firm of Byrd, Tallamy, MacDonald and Lewis, which became a division of Wilbur Smith and Associates in 1972.