The volume, entitled Selected Earthquake Engineering Papers of George W. Housner, contains 54 of his many papers in the field.
He was elected to honorary membership in several national and international engineering societies and received honorary doctorates from the University of Michigan and the University of Southern California. As noted above, he was one of the founding members of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, and that technical society established the George W. Housner medal in 1989. Appropriately, he was the first recipient. Another organization he helped establish, the Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering, honored him with a symposium in his name on the occasion of his 85th birthday.
For his unique role in the field of earthquake engineering, George was often called the “Father of Earthquake Engineering.”
George never married. He lived modestly and he invested well. He left the bulk of his substantial estate as an endowment to the California Institute of Technology, where the funds are used to provide scholarships for graduate students, research support for earthquake engineering projects, and support for undergraduate research and other scholarly activities. Another part of his estate—his large collection of historic scientific books—was left to the Caltech Archives.