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army engineer , association executive.

Louis Watkins Prentiss, American army engineer, association executive. Recipient Distinguished Graduate award Colorado School Mines, 1955. Member Society American Military Engineers, Permanent International Association, Navigation Congresses, Oldest Inhabitants Association (Washington), Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Tau Beta Pi, Theta Tau.

Background

Prentiss, Louis Watkins was born on September 30, 1899 in Washington, District of Columbia, United States. Son of William Clark and Julia (Watkins) Prentiss.

Education

Engineer of Mines, Colorado School Mines, 1921. Field Artillery School, 1922, Signal School, 1923, Engineer School, 1931, Command and General staff schedul, 1942.

Career

Commissioned Second lieutenant, United States Army, 1921, served as Second lieutenant, First lieutenant Field Artillery, 1921-1929, trans to C.E., 1929, advanced through grades to major general, 1954. Director training and Executive officer Engineer Replacement Training Center, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, 1941-1944. Office Director Military Training A.S.F., Washington, 1944.

Office chief engineer Communications Zone, E.T.O., 1944-1945. Acting chief engineer, department chief engineer United States Forces, Frankfurt, Germany, 1945-1946. District engineer Omaha district Missouri River Division Omaha, 1947-1949.

Division engineer S.W. div. Dallas, 1949-1952; assistant chief engrs. for personnel and administration Office Chief of Engineers, Washington, 1952-1953. Engineer commissioner District of Columbia, 1953-1954.

Commanding general Fort Belvoir, Virginia, 1954-1956, retired. Executive vice president American Road Builders Association, director Acadia Mutual Life Insurance Company, Potomac Electric Power Company, Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Washington. Director Washington Board Trade, Washington United Givers Fund.

Vice president Federal City Council, Washington Metropolitan council Boy Scouts America. Honorary board directors Washington Building Congress.

Membership

Member Society American Military Engineers, Permanent International Association, Navigation Congresses, Oldest Inhabitants Association (Washington), Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Tau Beta Pi, Theta Tau. Clubs: Chevy Chase, Metropolitan, Engineers, Army and Navy (Washington).

Connections

Married Helen McKinstry Bowie, December 28, 1921. Children: Edward Bowie (deceased), Catharine (Mistress.

father:
William Clark Prentiss

mother:
Julia (Watkins) Prentiss

spouse:
Helen McKinstry Bowie

children:
Edward Bowie Prentiss (deceased)

Catharine (Mrs Prentiss