|Robert M. Gillim Award|
The Robert M. Gillim Foundation of The Kentucky Section of The American Society of Civil Engineers was founded in memory of Mr. Gillim in 1966.
Mr. Gillim graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1948 with a degree in Civil Engineering and had a distinguished career in the field.
He was a registered engineer in ten states. He began work in 1948 for the Magnolia Oil Company; then continued with the Bridge Division, KDOH; Construction Division, Dupont Chemical Company; C. I. Girdler Company; Tecon Engineering Company; and Brighton Engineering Company. In 1962 he was President and Chief Engineer for the Brighton Engineering Company owned by Mr. Bill May. The company was one of the design consultants for KDOH building the Toll Roads and Interstate Highways.
Mr. Gillim was a member; past-president Ky Sec ASCE, and a member; past president of the Louisville Chapter KSPE. He was also a member of the American Welding Society, the American Concrete Institute and an associate member of the Highway Research Board.
Mr. Gillim died of Cancer at the age of 45. He was a young and popular engineer and his fellow engineers decided to establish the Foundation in his memory. The purpose of the foundation was to award an annual "Professional Recognition Award" to an outstanding Kentucky Civil Engineer and to issue annual scholarships to Junior or Senior Civil Engineering students at UK and U of L.
The non-profit Foundation was formed and the first two checks for $ 2,000 each were received from Mr. Dwight H. Bray, PE president of Brighton Engineering and Mr. Kenneth Hagen, PE of the R. R. Dawson Bridge Company of Bloomfield, Ky. Many other contributions were made to the Foundation over the years. The awards committee of the Kentucky Section, ASCE made the decisions of who would receive the awards.
The first Professional Recognition Award went to Professor William R. McIntosh, PE of the University of Louisville. The only non PE to receive the award was Mr. Robert R. Dawson of Bloomfield who left the civil engineering program at UK to go into the construction business and was the premier bridge contractor in Kentucky in the 1960's.
The scholarship program has grown and been developed over the years to the current program.
Because of administrative problems the Foundation was dissolved October 3, 2003. The funds were transferred to the Kentucky Section scholarship program and the Section Awards Committee is to continue the "Professional Recognition Award" as the annual outstanding Civil Engineer award.
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