Douglas William Talbot
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Douglas William Talbot
  • February 20, 1935 - December 9, 2017
  • Virginia Beach, Virginia

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Douglas W. Talbot 82 passed away on December 9, 2017. Doug was born in Beacon, NY. He graduated from VMI class of 1957, and served for 5 years in the US Army as a Civil Engineer.

Doug's remarkable career as a civil engineer, builder, developer, entrepreneur, public speaker, community activist, and mentor, spanned over 50 years. He began his life's work as Assistant Engineer for the City of Richmond. Doug quickly ascended in his profession to City Engineer for Independence, MO where he was awarded young Engineer of the Year by the ASCE, and in 1968, established his most rewarding professional endeavor by founding the Architectural, Engineering, and Surveying firm of Talbot & Associates, Ltd. in VA Beach, with satellite offices in Orlando and Memphis. Doug was an accomplished builder and developer and as such, contributed greatly to what Virginia Beach has become today. Just a few of his landmarks include Southgate, Three Oaks, Green Run, Ocean Way Condominiums, Park Inn and Atrium Hotels, amongst others.

Doug served on numerous boards and commissions, most notably Virginia Beach Committee of 100, President of NHBA, HBAV, TBA, and chairman of Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, and the Neptune Festival. He was selected for inclusion into the International Who's Who of Professionals and inducted as a lifetime member by the ASCE.

Doug was an accomplished golfer. He competed on VMI's golf team and enjoyed playing for business as well as in semi-professional tournaments, countless charity events, and alongside his VMI colleagues during their annual outings.

Doug cherished his 4 children and the time he spent with them. He will live in their hearts forever. He is survived by Beth Hebenstreit, Marianne (Boots) Talbot, Cyndi Deppe, and Doug Talbot, Jr., 6 grandchildren, brother Dick Talbot, and sister Sue Swager. A memorial service will be held on January 6, 2018 at 2pm at All Saints' Episcopal Church, 1969 Woodside Lane in VA Beach. Condolences can be expressed on Smith & Williams Funeral Home website.