Elected in 1993
“For innovations in methods of construction project controls and in graduate education.”
BY THE FONDAHL FAMILY
SUBMITTED BY THE NAE HOME SECRETARY
JOHN FONDAHL, developer of planning techniques for complex construction projects and co-founder of the Stanford Construction Program, died September 13, 2008, at the age of 83. John was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 1993 and cited for innovations in methods of construction project controls and in graduate education.
John was born in 1924 in Washington, D.C. He met his future wife, Doris-Jane, in 1939 at McKinley Tech High School. During high school he was captain of a champion rifle team and an active member of the Cadet Corps. He graduated valedictorian in 1941. He received a four-year scholarship to Worcester Polytechnic Institute, while Doris enrolled at Mount Holyoke, about 50 miles away. Pearl Harbor changed everything—after one year of college, John entered the military, serving in the Pacific Theater with the Fifth Amphibious Corps of the U.S. Marines. John, a sergeant, and his father, a Lt. Colonel in a different Marine Corps outfit, were both Iwo Jima survivors. Upon returning, he entered Dartmouth College to study civil engineering. He married Doris in 1946. John received his M.S. in civil engineering from Dartmouth in 1947 and later became a registered civil engineer in California.