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“Walt must have made many friends. I consider our work together as a highlight of my career, and it was brief. We took an exam pre-testing the early...Read More »
1 of 39 | Posted by: Jon Rueck

“My mom and I send our deepest sympathy to Walt's family. We remember him fondly and will truly miss him at future ASCE events. He was a delight to be...Read More »
2 of 39 | Posted by: Anni Autio, PE, BCEE

“Joyce, Walt's death is a major loss to me. We were friends and we worked together on many professional projects. For two years you and Walt and Jan...Read More »
3 of 39 | Posted by: Neil A. Norman, PE

“My deepest sympathy to your family. Dr. LeFevre was one of the great professors at the U of A. He was an inspiration during my years in engineering...Read More »
4 of 39 | Posted by: George Bollier

“I was very sad to hear of Walt's passing. He will be missed! ”
5 of 39 | Posted by: Patty Kennedy, P.E.

“I work with George at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital and it was a joy for me as he spoke so lovingly of his family. Im sorry to hear of your...Read More »
6 of 39 | Posted by: Ginny Newman

“As a very young, inexperienced executive director of the Mississippi Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers & Surveyors, I admit to being...Read More »
7 of 39 | Posted by: Rosemary Brister

“I extend sincere thoughts and prayers to your family. I knew Walt for more than 35 years. He was Dean when I recruited engineering graduates for...Read More »
8 of 39 | Posted by: Tom Roberts, P.E.

“Joyce, Terry, Charmaine, George, & John - it has been a long time since Ross Street & Elmdale Elem School. I was very sorry to read about Walt's...Read More »
9 of 39 | Posted by: Pat Owens

“Walt was my classmate at TAMU. Over the past 55 years, I saw Walt only every 5 or 6 years. I have kept up with his professional life and...Read More »
10 of 39 | Posted by: Dick Birdwell

“Dear LeFevre Family--Passage of a loved one from this to another world is never easy but Walt leaves a legacy of honor and many who benefitted from...Read More »
11 of 39 | Posted by: Paul N. Revis, P.E.

“My thoughts and prayers are with all of Dr. Lefevre's family. I had the honor to be a student of his at the University of Arkansas. He was a...Read More »
12 of 39 | Posted by: Holly Bautts Kidd, P.E.

“Dear Mrs. LeFevre and family. Instructor, advisor, mentor, and friend are just some of the ways I could describe E. Walt and what he has meant to me...Read More »
13 of 39 | Posted by: Harold Beaver, P.E.

“I have know Walter for several years and was in Rotary and visited with him many times. He was a very good man and has served our city for several...Read More »
14 of 39 | Posted by: Larry Clinkscales

“Dear Mrs. LeFevre and Family, Walter & I are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept our condolences. It was a pleasure to have known him. ”
15 of 39 | Posted by: Walter & Elizabeth Binz

“Mrs. LeFevre and family, I was sorry to hear that Dr. LeFevre had passed away. I worked in Electrical Engineering and thought he was a great guy, he...Read More »
16 of 39 | Posted by: Mary Gail Reed

“Joyce, it seems ironic, but earlier this morning I was reading the ASCE "Newsletter" and noted that two awards, named for Walt, had been presented to...Read More »
17 of 39 | Posted by: John & Joanne Prien---Gainesville, Georgia

“Joyce and Family. I am truly sorry that I am unable to travel to be with you and friends.Thanksgiving is a dfficult time for me with 3 brothers...Read More »
18 of 39 | Posted by: Bob Gibson

“Dr. LeFevre was a real hero in the engineering profession. His constant and relentless service to the profession and others serves as a model for...Read More »
19 of 39 | Posted by: Jeffrey S. Russell, P.E.

“Mrs. Lefevre and the extended family, I have very fond memories of Dr. Lefevre. I was his student in his Engineering Economic Analysis. He not...Read More »
20 of 39 | Posted by: Chris P Corbitt, P.E.

“Mrs. Lefevre and the extended family, I have very fond memories of Dr. Lefevre. I was his student in his Engineering Economic Analysis. He not...Read More »
21 of 39 | Posted by: Chris P Corbitt, P.E.

“Mrs. Lefevre and the extended family, I have very fond memories of Dr. Lefevre. I was his student in his Engineering Economic Analysis. He not...Read More »
22 of 39 | Posted by: Chris P Corbitt, P.E.

“I was so sorry to hear about Dr. LeFevre's passing. He was my professor 8 years ago. His patience and kindness with me as I learned his course...Read More »
23 of 39 | Posted by: Rachel Taylor

“Please accept our prayers and deepest sympathy for you and your family. I knew Walt through Springdale Rotary. He was always a friendly person that...Read More »
24 of 39 | Posted by: Rolf and Ceri Wilkin

“Dear Mrs. Lefevre, Billye and I are heart broken to hear of Dr. LeFevre's passing. I shared lunch and spoke with him at a MBTC seminar in April...Read More »
25 of 39 | Posted by: Gregory L. Bone, P.E.

“May you know the peace that passes all understanding in this time of sorrow. I join with others in gratitude for Walt's influence in our family's...Read More »
26 of 39 | Posted by: Jo Heiliger

“Mom and I extend our deepest sympathy to your entire family. It is so difficult to lose a father/husband, but please remember to thank God for the...Read More »
27 of 39 | Posted by: Danna & Helen Fisher

“Walt will be missed every monday at our Rotary Meeting. He was a great Rotarian and always help support the many great efforts of our club..Dennis...Read More »
28 of 39 | Posted by: Dennis Moore

“Joyce & Family-Dianne and I are so sorry to hear of Walt's passing. You will all be in our prayers. We have such fond memories of the times we...Read More »
29 of 39 | Posted by: Sam Cummings

“I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. LeFevre. He was a professor of mine from 1969-1970. I will always remember him as the nicest man and...Read More »
30 of 39 | Posted by: John Bufford, P.E.

“Joyce, I just wanted to express my sympathy to you during this time of sadness. Walt was a strong and caring man. He was a wonderful provider to...Read More »
31 of 39 | Posted by: Shirley Scott

“Dear LeFevre family, Candace and I are deeply sorry to learn of Walt's passing. He was a wonderful man in such a myriad of ways. I suppose that...Read More »
32 of 39 | Posted by: Louis Welcher

“My deepest sympathies to Walt's family and friends. Thank you all for supporting Walt's efforts through the years. I aspire to be as generous, kind...Read More »
33 of 39 | Posted by: Susan Habina

“We are very sorry for your loss. We pray that God will comfort you and surround you with His peace. In Christ, Susan and Jim Hodson Durant,...Read More »
34 of 39 | Posted by: Jim and Susan Hodson

“Joyce, So sorry to hear of Walt's passing. Our condolences to you and your family. Walt was a bright light to all who knew him and will be missed. ”
35 of 39 | Posted by: Roger & Mary Haney

“I send my deepest sympathy to your family. I enjoyed tremendously the opportunity to serve with Walt on the planning commission. His wisdom was a...Read More »
36 of 39 | Posted by: Joel Kelsey

“MAY GOD BLESS AND COMFORT YOU WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE POSITIVE INFLUENCE WALT'S LIFE HAS HAD ON THOSE ASSOCIATED WITH HIM OVER THE YEARS ”
37 of 39 | Posted by: DENNIS HILL, BSCE'73.

“Joyce & Family - We are so sorry to hear about Walt's death. You both have meant so much to us over the years. We remember so many experiences that...Read More »
38 of 39 | Posted by: Pat & Jean Armour

“For some 35 years Walt has been a very good friend and mentor. He has provided advice and guidance during my tenure on our licensing board and while...Read More »
39 of 39 | Posted by: David Knwles, L.S.,P.E.


Dr. E. Walter LeFevre, 77, of Springdale, died Monday, November 23, 2009 at Northwest Arkansas Medical Center. He was born July 29, 1932, in Eden, Texas to E.W.Sr. and Hazie D. LeFevre. Dr. LeFevre graduated from Eden High School in Eden, Texas. He earned a Bachelors and Masters of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University and his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Oklahoma State University. He served in the U.S. Army as a First Lieutenant in Field Artillery during the Korean Conflict.

Walt LeFevre set the standard for all engineers to emulate in his lifelong service to the engineering profession. He was the Past National President of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), Past National Vice President of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), former Dean and Civil Engineering Department Head as well as a faculty member for more than forty years at the University of Arkansas, member of the National Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), a delegate to the World Federation of Engineering Organizations and U.S. member of many other delegations to various foreign countries. Additionally he is a member of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), and is a Past President of the Arkansas State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. He has presented engineering papers worldwide and been a consultant to a number of countries. He also found time to serve his community as a Past President of Rotary, Past District Chairman of the Boy Scouts of America and many other organizations. He has been recognized as a Distinguished Member, their most prestigious award, of ASCE for his lifetime of hard work for the engineering profession. Walt also served for more than 35 years as Senior Vice President of ESI, an engineering firm, in
Springdale.

In 1981, Walt founded the Arkansas Academy of Civil Engineering (AACE) which has provided hundreds of scholarships for Civil Engineering students and support to the department. Through this example, other engineering departments within the College of Engineering have followed the formation of engineering academies.
In 1992, Walt, with the assistance of Congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt, established the Mack Blackwell National Rural Transportation Study Center (MBTC) and served as its Director for several years. MBTC, which is still going strong, has completed over 150 studies on transportation issues benefitting rural America.
As a professor for over forty-five years, he molded the lives of thousands of superb practicing engineers. He is held in the highest esteem by all who have benefited from his professorship. Walt LeFevre is regarded by the national engineering community as the backbone of engineering ethics. He helped produce two films and ethics courses which are used nationally by businesses as well as universities. Additionally he wrote over 200 refereed publications for the engineering industry. His national awards are too numerous to mention, but include Distinguished Service Awards from the American Society of Engineering Education, ASCE, NSPE, NCEES, AAES, Boy Scouts of America and a number of other engineering societies. He was recognized for his service at the University of Arkansas in 1971 by its highest distinction, "University Professor".

Among all of his accomplishments he was also a kind, gentle-hearted, compassionate gentleman, a very dear friend and will be missed very much by his colleagues and friends. The engineering profession has lost a great leader who has given his entire life to the advancement of the profession.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Joyce LeFevre; 2 daughters, Terry Watson and her husband, Tom, of Denver, Colorado, Charmaine Stuteville and her husband, Eric of Durant, Oklahoma, 2 sons, George LeFevre and his wife Young Soon of Clarksville, Tennessee and John LeFevre and his wife, Angie, of Houston, Texas; nine grandchildren and spouses: Sarah and Mike Hayward, John and Kara Watson, Michelle Pierce, Robert and Tiffany Pierce, Jackson Stuteville, Amanda LeFevre, Chris LeFevre, Austin LeFevre and Zach LeFevre; and one great-grandson, Will Hayward.

The Memorial Service will be Friday, November 27, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Springdale with the Rev. Judy VanHoose officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday, November 25, 2009 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Sisco Funeral Chapel in Springdale.

Honorary pallbearers will be the University of Arkansas Civil Engineering Department, the Rotary Club of Springdale and the Springdale Planning Commission.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Arkansas Academy of Civil Engineering Scholarship Fund, American Diabetes Association, First United Methodist Church of Springdale, 206 W. Johnson Ave., Springdale, Arkansas72764 or any library.

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