Elected in 1977
“For innovations in the design of long-span bridges, immersed tunnel-tubes, and other special transit structures, and contributions to seismic design of underground structures.”
BY JAMES L. LAMMIE
THOMAS ROBERT KUESEL, an internationally recognized authority on tunnel and bridge engineering and a former partner and director at Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB), died on February 17, 2010, at the age of 83 after a lengthy illness.
During a 43-year career with PB, Tom contributed to the design of more than 130 bridges and more than 140 tunnels in 36 states and on six continents. As one of the great PB engineers of the last half-century, he was often recognized for his unique and innovative solutions to structural and underground challenges.
Tom was born on July 30, 1926. He graduated from Yale University in 1946 with highest honors in civil engineering at the age of 19 and received a master of civil engineering from Yale in 1947 at age 20. He was a member of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society.
In 1947 he joined Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas as a junior engineer and worked his way up to chairman of the board in 1984. He retired in 1990 but continued on as chairman emeritus and consulting engineer.
Tom was very active in his profession and fulfilled his personal obligation to communicate his ideas, experiences, and concerns through more than 60 widely circulated papers and presentations. While listing the detailed citations is not