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John Charles Rathbun

John Charles Rathbun, American educator, civil engineer. Member American Society of Civil Engineers, Society Promotion Engineering Education, International Association for Bridge & Structural Engineering Circumnavigators; Mason (Shriner). Originator and developer of the elastic skew arch theory.

Background

  • Rathbun, John Charles was born on March 14, 1882 in Mondovi, Wisconsin, United States. Son of John Chauncey and Elizabeth (Goldenberger) Rathbun.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, Univercity Washington, 1903, A.M., 1904, Bachelor of Science, 1908, C.E., 1909. Doctor of Philosophy., Columbia, 1934.

    Career

    • Assistant principal Tung Wen Institute, Amoy, China, 1904-1906. Engineer Seattle (Washington) Park Board, 1908-1909. Chief draftsman Washington State Highway Commission, 1909-1911.

      Designing engineer City Water Department, Tacoma, Washington, 1911-1912. Engineer Bureau Public Works, Philippine Government, Manila, 1912-1915. Engineer Weymouth Construction Company, Seattle, Washington, 1915.

      Superintendent bridge construction City of Seattle, 1915-1918. Supervising draftsman, bridge and building department, C.,M. & St.P. Railway, Seattle, 1918. Assistant professor civil engineering, U. Washington, 1919-1925.

      Hydraulic investigator City of Seattle, 1920. Peters fellow research laboratory, Columbia, 1923-1924. Head department, professor civil engineering South Dakot School Mines, Rapid City, 1925-1929.

      Also consultant Westchester County (New York) Park Commission, 1926. State Highway Department, Connecticut 1927-1928. Professor, department chairman engineering, Antioch College, 1929-1930.

      Associate professor civil engineering, College City of New York, 1930-1941, professor, 1941-1949, professor emeritus, since 1949. Investigated wind stresses in tall buildings for American Institute Steel Construction.

    Works

    • Contributor technical articles, etc., translations and proceedings American Society of Civil Engineers.

    Politics

    The commitment of individual Christians to work for social and political change should be recognized as a fully legitimate form of Christian discipleship.

    Party affiliation: Republican

    Religion

    Our faith rests not on our own feelings, but on the promises of a faithful God.

    Denomination: Methodist

    Views

    Language of offensive nature with regard to race, ethnicity or nationality does not indicate the value of each individual and contradicts the teaching of Jesus Christ.

    Membership

    Member American Society of Civil Engineers, Society Promotion Engineering Education, International Association for Bridge & Structural Engineering Circumnavigators. Mason (Shriner). Originator and developer of the elastic skew arch theory.

    Connections

    • Married Dora Frances Breece, June 29, 1910. Children: Elizabeth (deceased), John Charles (deceased), Mary Charlotte.
    • father: John Chauncey Rathbun
    • mother: Elizabeth (Goldenberger) Rathbun
    • spouse: Dora Frances Breece
    • children: Elizabeth Rathbun (deceased)
    • John Charles Rathbun (deceased)
    • Mary Charlotte Rathbun
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    Born March 14, 1882
    Died November 12, 1958
    (aged 76)
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