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Construction company executive

Rolland Melvin Wilkening, American construction company executive. Registered professional engineer, Michigan. Named Lutheran Layman of Year Lutheran Luncheon Club, Detroit, 1974; recipient Distinguished Engineering Alumnus award Purdue University, 1976, Silver Antelope award Boy Scouts American, 1980, John W. Armstrong Humanitarian award Young Men’s Christian Association, Detroit, 1981.

Background

Wilkening, Rolland Melvin was born on March 10, 1926 in Deshler, Nebraska, United States. Son of William H. and Ida (Struve) Wilkening.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Purdue University, 1950.

Career

Field project engineer Barton-Malow Company, Detroit, 1950-1960, vice president, 1960-1964, executive vice president, director, 1964-1976, president, director, 1976-1981. Vice chairman board Barton-Malow, from 1981. Executive vice president Cloverdale Equipment Company, Oak Park, Michigan.

Achievements

  • Registered professional engineer, Michigan.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Co-author: Construction Management for the General Contractor, 1973. Contributor to: Directions for Managing Construction, 1980.

Membership

President East Central region Boy Scouts American. Member executive committee, metropolitan board directors Young Men’s Christian Association, Detroit. Board directors Inner-City Business Improvement Forum Detroit.

Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1944-1946, PTO. Fellow Engineering Society Detroit. Member Associate General Contractors American (national director), National Society Professional Engineers, Michigan Society Professional Engineers (Engineer of Year award 1974), American Society of Civil Engineers (Construction Management award 1980), Michigan Society Civil Engineers, Construction Specifications Institute, Michigan Association Professionals Clubs: Detroit Athletic, Renaissance. Lodges: Rotary.

Connections

Married Virginia Muriel Lockwood, June 23, 1950. Children: Nancy, William, Janet.

father:
William H. Wilkening

mother:
Ida (Struve) Wilkening

spouse:
Virginia Muriel Lockwood

child:
Nancy Wilkening

child:
William Wilkening

child:
Janet Wilkening