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Harry Thomas Cory

Harry Thomas Cory, American engineer. Member Laymen’s Advisory Council of National Conference of Jews and Christians. Life; Mason (K.T., 32 degree, Shriner).


  • Cory, Harry Thomas was born on May 27, 1870 in Lafayette, Indiana, United States. Son of Thomas and Carrie (Stoney) Cory.

  • Education

    • Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University, 1887 (first to receive degree in electrical engineering), Bachelor of Civil Engineering, 1889, Doctor Engineering, 1929. Master of Civil Engineering, Cornell, 1893, Master of Mechanical Engineering, 1896.


    • Assistant engineer A.&M. Railway, 1888. Assistant city engineer Lafayette, Indiana, 1889. Deputy county engineer Tippecanoe County, Indiana, 1890-1892.

      Professor civil engineering, University of Missouri, 1893-1898. In Europe, 1898; professor civil and sanitary engineering, University of Missouri, 1898-1900. Dean College of Engineering and professor civil engineering, University of Cincinnati, 1900-1903.

      On leave of absence, 1901-1903, with Mexico Central, Texas & Pacific and S.P. railroads. Assistant to general manager S.P. Company, July 1904-May 1905. In personal charge of diverting Colorado River from running to Salton Sea, 1906-1907.

      Assistant to president associated Harriman lines in Arizona and S.P.R.R. in Mexico, May 1905-April 1911. General manager and chief engineer of the California Development Company and La Sociedad de Riego y Terrenos de la Baja California, April 1906-December 1910. Consulting engineer at San Francisco, 1909-1917.

      Director general foreign relief, American Red Cross nat. headquarters, 1917-1918. Construction engineering of the United States Reclamation Service on soldier’s land settlement plan, 1918-1920. American member International Nile Projects Common for the Egyptian and Sudanese goverments, Cairo, Egypt, and Khartum, Sudan, January-September 1920.

      Construction engineering San Francisco, California, 1920-1921. Construction engineering Los Angeles, California, and also for the United States Reclamation service, 1921-1923. Chief of engineering Palos Verdes project, Redondo Beach, California, 1922-1924.

      Chief engineer Guadalquivir marismas desalting and irrigation project, Seville, Spain, 1925-1927. Construction engineering Muluya Valley irrigation project. French and Spanish Morocco, 1926.

      Construction engineering Los Angeles, California, since 1928. Advisory engineer Los Angeles Agency, R.F.C., 1932-1934. Advisory commission on R.F.C. earthquake rehabilitation loans, 1933-1934.

      Member Passamaquoddy Bay Tidal Power Project Commission, 1934-1935. Construction engineering Soil Conservation Service, United States Department of Agriculture, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Washington, District of Columbia, 1935-1940, supervising engineer, Defense Plant Corporation, United States Government, 1941-1942. Manager Los Angeles Office Bureau of Economic Warfare, 1942-1943.

      Consulting engineer, Los Angeles, California, since 1943.


    • Contributor technical reports, scientific papers and magazine articles.


    Member Laymen’s Advisory Council of National Conference of Jews and Christians. Life; Mason (K.T., 32 degree, Shriner). Clubs: Bohemian (San Francisco).


    • Married Ida (Judd) Hiller, October 4, 1911. Children: Thomas Judd, Clarence Richard and John Harry (twins, both deceased).
    • father: Thomas Cory
    • mother: Carrie (Stoney) Cory
    • spouse: Ida
    • children: Thomas Judd Cory
    • Clarence Richard and John Harry (twins Cory
    • both deceased) Cory
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    Born March 27, 1870