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Thomas Harris Macdonald

Thomas Harris Macdonald, American engineer. Decorated Medal of Merit (United States); Cross Legion of Honor (France); Knight 1st class Order of St. Olav (Norway); foreign member Masarykova Akademie (Czechoslovakia). Member American Association State Highway Officials (Executive Committee), Beta Theta Pi, Tau Beta P.; Club: Cosmos (Washington).

Background

  • Macdonald, Thomas Harris was born on July 23, 1881 in Leadville, Colorado, United States. Son of John and Elizabeth (Harris) Macdonald.

  • Education

    • Student Iowa State Teachers College, Cedar Falls, 1899-1900. Bachelor of Civil Engineering, Iowa State College Agriculture and Mech. Arts. Ames, 1904; Doctor of Engineering (honorary), Iowa State College, 1929.

    Career

    • ; children—Thomas Harris, Margaret Elizabeth (Mistress Charles William Weidinger). Married second, Caroline L. Fuller, November 24, 1953. Began with engineering department C.G.W. Railway.

      Chief engineer Iowa State Highway Commission, 1904-1919. Chief United States Bureau Public Rds., Department of Agriculture, 1919-1939. Became commissioner public roads, charge public roads administration Federal Works Agency, 1939, retired from United States service, 1953.

      Head highway research center Texas A. and M. College, since 1953.

    Works

    • Author papers on highway engineering, administration and finance.

    Religion

    Denomination: Presbyn

    Membership

    Member American Association State Highway Officials (Executive Committee), Beta Theta Pi, Tau Beta P. Club: Cosmos (Washington).

    Connections

    • Married Bess Dunham, March 7, 1907 (deceased.; married second, Caroline L. Fuller, November 24, 1953. Children: Thomas Harris, Margaret Elizabeth (Mistress.
    • father: John Macdonald.
    • mother: Elizabeth (Harris) Macdonald.
    • spouses: Bess Dunham
    • Caroline L. Fuller
    • children: Thomas Harris Macdonald
    • Margaret Elizabeth (Mrs Macdonald
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    Died April 7, 1957
    (aged 75)
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