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In memoriam H. Douglas Steadman, San Antonio Branch

Tuesday, February 20, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Mike Sosa
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H. Douglas Steadman

1926 - 2018

October 12, 1926 - February 12, 2018


Douglas Steadman was born to Homer Thomas Steadman & Lillian Sanders Steadman on October 12th, 1926 in Fort Worth, Texas.  Doug married Jurene Nicholson on July 20th, 1946 and they had five children.

Doug attended public schools in Fort Worth and then attended
University of Texas as part of the United States Navy V-12 Program.  He received his Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering and his Commission as an Ensign in the Navy in 1946.  After his discharge from the Navy and while taking his post-graduate work at the University of Texas he worked as a teaching fellow, research assistant, and instructor.  Doug received his Master's in Civil Engineering in 1948.  He was president of the Ramshorn Club, and membership in Chi Epsilon, Tau Beta Pi, and Sigma Xi, (Honorary Societies at UT).

Doug and Jurene moved to San Antonio, Texas in 1948, when Doug joined the W.E. Simpson, Co. where he started as an Apprentice Engineer and was President, CEO and Chairman of the Board at W.E. Simpson, Co. when he retired in 1992.  Doug was a registered Professional Engineer in Texas, Arizona, Kansas and Oklahoma.  He was active in the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, and Structural Engineers Risk Management Council.  He is a Distinguished Engineer of the Texas Engineering Foundation (1990) and an Academy of Distinguished Alumni of the University of Texas at Austin Cockrell School of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering (2007).  During his 50 years in consulting engineering, Mr. Steadman has been in responsible charge for the structural and civil engineering of numerous significant projects, including the Alamodome, Lila Cockrell Theater for the Performing Arts, San Antonio International Airport Development, Hayes Street Bridge re-development, San Antonio Municipal Auditorium and many, many more.

The H.E.B. Grocery Company entrusted their complete site development and structural engineering to his oversight for over 30 years, including the restoration of the Lighthouse Station on Lydia Ann Channel near Port Aransas owned by Charles Butt.  Doug had an impressive career and was mentor to many engineers.

Doug was a member, officer and Board member of the Rotary Club of San Antonio, committees on the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, and North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.  He served over twenty years on the Zoning Commission for the City of Castle Hills, was a Cub Scout Master, mentor for children at Castle Hills Elementary, Fox Tech and UTSA.  Doug was a member of the San Antonio Conservation Society, and won the 2002 Conservation Historic Preservation Award for extensive time, and effort for over the last 10 years to affect the Restoration of the Historical Hays Street Bridge in San Antonio.  The effort involved leadership in organizing community groups, securing the land and bridge, raising funds both private and government, point of contact for City and State officials.  Doug led the designation of the bridge as a Texas Historical Civil Engineering Landmark and as Texas Sectional ASCE's 150th Anniversary Project.  A crowd of over 300 attended the completion and grand re-opening of the Hays Street Bridge on July 20th, 2010.

H. Douglas Steadman passed away on February 12, 2018.


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