Orange County Branch Newsletter

April 2016

History & Heritage

In Memoriam - Bobbie (Bob) Wright Williamson


by Bill Lawson, PE, F. ASCE, Life Member

 

 

In Memoriam

Bobbie (Bob) Wright Williamson

1926 - 2016

On March 15, 2016, Bobbie (Bob) Wright Williamson passed away.  Bob is not known to have been particularly active in ASCE, but he was a prominent Civil Engineer in Orange County between 1959 and 1994, and was well known and respected in the Orange County Civil Engineering Community.  The following obituary for Bob was prepared by his family and was recently published in the Daily Pilot and Orange County Register:

Bobbie (Bob) Wright Williamson was born July 1, 1926, in Lampasas, Texas and died March 15, 2016 in Costa Mesa, California.  He was raised in railroad towns in northern and central California and went to high school in McCloud where his father worked for the McCloud River Railroad.  He attended Redlands University and graduated from USC in Civil Engineering.  His first employment was with Caltrans and the Orange County Road Department.  He formed B. W. Williamson Civil Engineers in 1959 in Santa Ana, CA.  In 1962 he and Richard Schmid formed Williamson and Schmid Civil Engineers.  They maintained a long time partnership completing many engineering projects in Orange County until the company was sold to Huitt-Zollars in 1994.

Bob loved skiing, sailing, fly-fishing and flying, and was a multi-sport athlete who competed in ski racing, played handball, surfed at San Onofre, water skied on the Colorado River and scuba-dived all around Catalina Island. He was a longtime member and past Commodore of the Balboa Yacht Club. In 2005 he and his crew finished third in their division in the Transpacific Yacht Race from Los Angeles to Honolulu, HI, on his 43 foot sailboat "Kahoots."  He flew his beloved Beechcraft Debonair he nicknamed "44Kilo" (an ode to the tail number N5744K) to many fishing and skiing adventures throughout the Rockies, Mexico and the Western United States.

Bob is survived by his wife, Pat, his daughter Dayna and Husband Bob Baer, son Martin and wife Aeron and three grandchildren, Khyber, Parker and Owen.

At Bob's request there will not be a memorial service.  However, condolences may be sent to Pat and Dayna, c/o Dayna and Bob Baer, 1714 Plaza del Norte, Newport Beach, CA 92661.

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