Elected in 1976
“For contributions in structural theory with innovative elements of construction practice in building bridges.”
BY WAI-FAH CHEN AND JOHN M. KULICKI
GERARD F. FOX, an internationally recognized leader in long-span bridge design, died December 12, 2008. He was born in 1923 and graduated from LaSalle Academy.
He served three years in the Army Air Corps during World War II at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, where he worked on a research project to develop bomb sights. After the war he attended Cornell University and graduated with distinction in civil engineering in 1948.
A licensed professional engineer, Fox was a bridge designer at Howard Needles Tammen & Bergendoff (HNTB) for 40 years, retiring in 1988, having been a partner for 21 years, responsible for bridge projects firm-wide. Prior to becoming a partner, he was chief structural engineer in the New York City Office of HNTB, directing structural design, detailing, and the preparation of plans and specifications for bridges and related structures.
Fox was in charge of the design of the longest segmental concrete cable-stayed bridge in North America—the Dames Point Bridge in Jacksonville, Florida, originally designed in both concrete and steel, with a center span of 1,300 feet, and the Rio Niteroi Bridge in Brazil, with a record steel box girder span of 984 feet. Both were awarded the American Consulting Engineers Council Grand Conceptor Award.