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Ralph Modjeski

Ralph Modjeski, Polish civil engineer. Awarded John Scott medal (Philadelphia), 1924; John Fritz medal, 1930; Washington Award, 1931; Knight Legion of Honor (France). Member firm Modjeski & Noble, chief engrs. of bridge over Mississippi River at Thebes, Illinois; member of the board engrs. Quebec Bridge (reconstruction), new Memphis (Tennessee) Bridge.

Background

  • Modjeski, Ralph was born on January 27, 1861 in Cracow, Poland. Son of Gustav and late Helena (Opid) Modrzejewski.

  • Education

    • Came to the United States with mother, 1876. Name changed to Modjeski. For American naturalization, his mother being the celebrated tragedienne, Helen Modjeska.

      Graduated from College des Ponts et Chaussees, Paris, at head of class, with honors. Doctor of Engineering, University of Illinois, 1911, Pennsylvania Military College, 1927, Polytechnic Institute of Lwow (Poland), 1930.

    Career

    • Cons. bridge engineer at Chicago, 1892-1940.

    Membership

    Member firm Modjeski & Noble, chief engrs. of bridge over Mississippi River at Thebes, Illinois. Member of the board engrs. Quebec Bridge (reconstruction), new Memphis (Tennessee) Bridge.

    Connections

    • Married Felicie Benda, of Cracow, Poland, December 28, 1885 (divorced). Married second, Mistress.
    • father: Gustav Modjeski
    • spouses: Felicie Benda
    • Mistress
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    Born January 27, 1861
    Died June 26, 1940
    (aged 79)
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