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Nathan Bernd Jacobs

civil engineer

Nathan Bernd Jacobs, American civil engineer.


Jacobs, Nathan Bernd was born on December 18, 1891 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Benjamin N. and Lottie (Pichel) Jacobs.


Bachelor of Science in sanitary engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 1914, Sanitary Engineer, 1917.


1 daughter, Emily Nan (Mistress C. Morton Bachrach, Junior). Assistant engineer Morris Knowles Incorporated, 1914-1917, division engineer, 1917-1921, assistant chief engineer, 1921-1932, president and chief engineer since 1932, now also treasurer and director. Manager Knowles-Main Appraisal Bureau, Pittsburgh and New York, since 1919.

Construction engineering Maurice R. Scharff, New York, 1933-1941. Water consultant District Northern 2, Drainage Basin Study, National Resources Planning Board. Same, Interstate Commission on Delaware River Basin, 1936-1939.

Consultant for the Office of Foreign Economics Administration. Consulting engineer Philadelphia Water Works. General manager Lewistown Water authority.

Studied development of utilities for houses in Europe for President’s (Hoover) Conference on Home Building and Home Ownership, 1931.


Member of the board Emma Farm Association (president 1942-1946), Maurice and Laura Falk Foundation (vice president), Irene Kauffman Settlement (president 1946-1953), Ohio Valley Conservation and Flood Control Congress, Federation of Social Agencies, also Pittsburgh Housing Association, Montefiore Hospital, Federal Jewish Philanthropies of Pittsburgh, Rodef Shalom Temple, American Arbitration Association (National Panel of Arbitrators), Jewish Welfare Board (Midwest section). Member American Institute Consulting Engineers, American Society Civil Engineers, American Water Works Association, Pennsylvania Water Works Association (Vice-President), American Society for Testing Materials, National Society Professional Engineers, American Public Health Association, American Society of Appraisers, Engineers Society of Western Pennsylvania, Pi Lambda Phi. Mason.; Clubs: Westmoreland Country (Export, Pennsylvania).


Married Marie F. Oberndorf, September 17, 1918.

Benjamin N. Jacobs

Lottie (Pichel) Jacobs

Marie F. Oberndorf