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Thomas Harris Macdonald

engineer

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.

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