Oral History: Saving the Past

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1985, Vol. 55, Issue 3, Pg. 50-53

Document Type: Feature article


Excerpts of the recorded interviews of three leading American civil engineers are presented. In the first interview sanitary engineer Samuel A. Greeley recalls how he supervised the construction of an Army camp for 35,000 troops in 1917 and how his supervision of sanitary engineering helped protect the occupants from the great flu epidemic. Solomon Cady Hollister tells how his vision of needed reforms in engineering education redirected the 1955 Grinter Report. in the final interview Abel Wolman tells how he learned to communicate his purposes in sanitary engineering in lay language in order to convince town planners and semi-professionals of the validity of his proposals.

Subject Headings: Sanitary engineering | Engineering education | History | Construction management | Personnel management | Diseases | Engineering profession | Distinguished engineers

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