BY WALLACE L. CHADWICK
RICHARD HENRY TATLOW III, renowned professional civil and mechanical engineer, entrepreneur, statesman for his profession, designer of retail and commercial complexes for major enterprises, and director of industrial facilities for the U.S. Army during World War II, died at age eighty-seven, at his home in Scarsdale, New York, on July 1, 1993.
Mr. Tatlow was born May 27, 1906, in Denver, Colorado. He graduated from the University of Colorado in 1927 with a B.S. degree in civil engineering. He was a member of Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Tau and was awarded the George Norlin Award, the highest honor awardable to an alumnus of the university. He received a master's degree in 1933.
Mr. Tatlow's first job was for two years as a junior engineer with the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads, following which he became a partner of Harrington and Cortelyou, consulting engineers of Kansas City, working there until 1940. In 1941 he was commissioned lieutenant colonel, then colonel, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, general staff.
In 1946 he became a member of the board of directors and president, then chairman of the board of Abbott, Merkt and Company, Inc.
Mr. Tatlow was the author of numerous articles on diverse technical subjects such as movable bridges, materials handling, storage and distribution of merchandise, and shopping centers.