Public Works Historical Society - Oral History Interview Collection
Donald C. Stone, Interview Number 9, October 1992, interviewed by Howard Rosen and Stephen Pudloski. Donald Stone is pioneer of modern urban public administration. During the 1930's, as head of the Public Administration Service, he directed scores of surveys and reorganizations of city, county, state, and federal agencies. He was instrumental in the development of standards for urban financial administration, program budgeting, municipal engineering, and police and crime reporting. Stone played a major role in the development of the Marshal Plan, the Charter of the United Nations, and the Executive Office of the President. His academic career included developing public works administration graduate program at the University of Pittsburgh.
Herbert Goetsch, Interview Number 11, August 1999, interviewed by Stephen Pudloski and Howard Rosen. A key public works official in metropolitan, post World War II Milwaukee, Goetsch epitomizes a successful public works administrator. Combining technical expertise with a commitment to lifelong learning, dedication to public service, involvement in the community, high ethical standards, strong communication skills and a genuine concern for the individual.
Myron Calkins, Interview Number 12, September 2002, interviewed by Fredrick Spletstoser. This oral history interview tells the story of a modest man with a host of professional awards and accomplishments to his credit. Learn the story of Myron Calkins, from his roots in Tacoma, Washington, to his retirement and beyond in Kansas City, Missouri. You'll be entertained and enlightened by this peek into the life of one of the public works profession's most honored members.
Robert Esterbrooks, Interview Number 13, July 2003, interviewed by Reba Wells Grandrud, Ph. D. This interview tells the story of one of the pillars of APWA and the public works profession. A civil engineer by profession, a military man by choice, and a proven administrative leader in several national organizations, Retired Rear Admiral Robert C. Esterbrooks has been, and continues to be an inspiration to his colleagues, to his family and friends, and to the young people he mentors. He is a role model we can admire—a man of integrity and high standards, successful in his chosen careers, modest about his accomplishments, fun to be around.
James L. Martin, Interview Number 14, September 2006, interviewed by Martin V. Melosi, Ph.D. Jim Martin is a man who considers himself a 4th generation public works person. He is one of only four people to have received the highest honors from both APWA and ASCE. He’s also APWA’s most prolific author and one of the profession’s greatest assets!
George Rowe, Interview Number 15, November 2006, interviewed by Howard D. Rosen, Ph.D. This is the story of a life lived with inner strength, persistence, and grace in the face of tremendous odds. He made public works history in Cincinnati, and he made a crucial contribution to the history of APWA.
Robert D. Bugher, Interview Number 16, December 2007, interviewed by Howard D. Rosen, Ph.D. Bob Bugher served the American Public Works Association in 1953 until his retirement in 1989, with more than 30 years of that time spent as executive director. This interview is the story of both the man and the Association he led with dedication and vision, while working shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the icons of public administration and public works in the United States.
An Interview with James E. Attebery, Interview Number 17, interviewed by Howard Rosen, Ph.D., August 2008. As a key figure on both the local and national levels, Jim Attebery’s life is a testament to perseverance and hard work. Besides playing a major part in providing public works infrastructure to the City of Phoenix during a time of historic growth, he also filled a crucial role in the national development of utility location techniques and organizations.
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Jean Vincenz, Interview Number 1, September 1980, interviewed by Robert D. Bugher and Suellen M. Hoy. Jean Vincenz was commissioner of public works, city engineer, and manager of utilities in fast growing Fresno, California for nearly 10 years before World War II. The Depression was an especially challenging time for public works officials, and Vincenz made a lasting contribution to modern Fresno during these years. The 1930's were especially formative in the creation of the city's public facilities and the beginning of service systems that continue to serve Fresno well. Vincenz was an important figure in the development of Fresno's public water supply, sewage, transportation, solid waste facilities, and public buildings. Vincenz also served as director of the San Diego County Public Works Department and as president of APWA in 1960.
Samuel A. Greeley, Interview Number 2, June 1981, interviewed by Neal Fitz Simons. Consulting engineers play a critical role in the provision of public works in the United States and Canada. Samuel Greeley was a founder of the firm Greeley and Hansen and an internationally acclaimed public works engineer who spent over a half a century developing water, sewer, and refuge systems for cities such as New York, Chicago, Boston, Las Angeles, Buffalo, and Washington DC. Greeley was also the author of the first comprehensive text on the collection and disposal of municipal refuge. Greeley served as president of the American Society of Municipal Engineers (a predecessor of APWA) and was an honorary member of APWA, as well as the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Samuel S. Baxter, Interview Number 3, May 1982, interviewed by Robert D. Bugher and Michael C. Robinson. Samuel Baxter was truly a public works 'man for all seasons' that, in the conduct of his professional and personal life, served as a paradigm for other engineer-administrators. Over the course of a 49-year career, Baxter worked his way up the ranks in Philadelphia public works from a surveyor to chief engineer of the Department of Public Works and commissioner and chief engineer of the Philadelphia Water Department. He was on of the last of a breed in the engineering field that rose to high position without having earned a college degree. Baxter was always active in numerous professional organizations and served as president of three --APWA (1947), American Water Works Association (1966), and American Society of Civil Engineers (1971).
Edward J. Cleary, Interview Number 4, December 1983, interviewed by Michael C. Robinson. As engineer, editor, administrator, and educator, Edward Cleary was a major force in the field of public works for nearly a half century. He covered the important developments and people responsible for them while an editor of Engineering News-Record (1935-1949). He conducted a massive and successful effort to control industrial pollution in the Ohio River Valley during his term as chief administrator of ORSANCO (1949-1967), the largest water pollution control program ever attempted in its time.
William D. Hurst, Interview Number 5, May 1984, interviewed by Howard Rosen. As a major figure in Canadian public works, William Hurst has played a role in virtually every aspect of public works engineering and administration in Winnipeg. As engineer of waterworks, he helped design and construct pumping stations and a sewage treatment plant. From 1944 to 1971, he was Winnipeg's city engineer and commissioner of buildings. It was during this period that Hurst was faced with one of the greatest challenges in his career: the Red River floods of 1950. Hurst also served as president of both APWA (1958) and American Water Works Association (1963).
Jennings Randolph, Interview Number 6, January 1985, interviewed by Robert D. Bugher, Charles Byrley, and Howard Rosen. Jennings Randolph had a congressional career that spanned fifty-two years (1933-1985). For eighteen years as the chairman and then ranking Democratic member of the Senate Public Works Committee, and its successor, the Environment and Public Works Committee, the senior senator from West Virginia presided over a broad program of construction for highways, bridges, dams, and public buildings.
Ellis L. Armstrong, Interview Number 7, April 1987, interviewed by Michael Robinson. From the design and construction of Anderson Ranch, Trenton, and 30 other dams, to the preliminary work on the Aswan, and key roles on the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Interstate Highway Program, Ellis Armstrong participated in many of the great public works enterprises in recent history. Among the many positions he has held over the course of his long career are: director of highways for Utah, commissioner of the Bureau of Public Roads, commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation, and president of the Better Highways Information Foundation.
Dr. Albert E. Berry, Interview Number 8, September 1988, interviewed by Norman Ball. As on of Canada's and the world's most respected public works officials for more than 50 years, Albert Berry gave outstanding service and leadership in the fields of water supply, sanitation, pollution control, water resources, and conservation. Within these fields, Berry was known as the "Mr. Water." His work began as a time when Ontario lacked a formal organization responsible for water supply and sanitation.
Roy W. Morse, Interview Number 10, February 1994, interviewed by Howard Rosen and Jan Klippert. Roy Morse has been a force in industry, government, and public works in the later half of the twentieth century. Before and during World War II, he was Administrative Engineer for Boeing Company at a time when the engineering department grew from 300 to over 3,000. After the war, served the City Seattle as Superintendent of Water (1949-1955), and later as City Engineer and Chairman of the Board of Public Works (1957-1971). Morse played an important role in the expansion of public works services in post-World War II and the World's Fair era. From 1955-1957, Morse was the Director of Technical Staff of the Secretary of the Interior, where he helped prepare the National Water Resources Policy Act of 1955.