Robert Doan Hutton, Sr. is a civil engineer.
He was a partner in the company Modjeski
and Masters consulting engineers in Harrisburg, PA until his retirement in 1980. He worked on quite
a few important bridges, including the Pennsylvania Turnpike Bridge over the
Swatara Creek, the Cincinnati-Covington Bridge over the Ohio
River, the Cairo, Illinois Railroad Bridge, the Acme Bend Railroad
Bridges in Chicago, the Ogdensburg Bridge over the St. Lawrence
River, the Newburgh Beacon Bridges over the Hudson River, the
second Davenport, Iowa Bridge over the Mississippi, the Theodore
Roosevelt and WMATA Bridges over the Potomac River in
Washington D.C., the Passyunk Avenue Bridge over the Schuykill
River in Philadelphia, and the Fire Island Bridge over the Fire
Island Inlet on Long Island. He was also active in bridge inspections
and investigations, notably the Silver Bridge catastrophe over the Ohio River, the Yadkin River Bridge collapse in Siloam, NC,
and the Canadian River collapse in Calving, OK.
Over the years, he has been active in his
children's schools and education, the Quaker Meeting in Harrisburg,
and Boy Scouts of America. His energy has also been devoted to
all sorts of "let's figure this out
and do it" kinds of projects like building boats, gardening,
solar energy, and many more. He participated in the Pacific theatre
of World War II and has some good stories about moving Quonset
huts without the benefit of heavy equipment and being assigned to be
the company Band Director (although his brother likes to make
fun of his music ability).
Bob has lived most of his life in
central Pennsylvania, with some stints in West Virginia and Louisiana.
Bob enjoys doing various projects and he became interested in the Mason Dixon
line as outlined on his web page How This
Project Got Started.
Another part of his life has been his
family. In fact, he had help in the technology of this project
from Jane, a librarian with the State of Pennsylvania; Bob, Jr., a
music and science teacher in Hoonah, Alaska; and Bill, an assistant
superintendent of schools in Sitka, Alaska. Fortunately, Bob, Jr. and Jane
showed Bill how to make things look reasonably attractive for
this web site - or at least we think so. Bob, Sr.'s wife Dorothy was supportive
of the whole project but confessed that she couldn't help much.
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