Paul A. Kuhn, a retired partner of the Chicago consulting engineering firm Greeley and Hansen and an active member of ASCE who was a vice president of the former Zone III, has died. He was 91.
Across a distinguished 40-year career, Kuhn, P.E., F.ASCE, consulted on a wide range of water and wastewater project studies, designs, construction, and rate studies. He began his career in Iowa at Stanley Engineering, and eventually became a registered engineer in 15 states.
For ASCE he served as Zone III vice president in 1982-83. He was a life member and held several ASCE posts at the section level (Tri-City secretary-treasurer and vice president; and Illinois director, secretary, vice president, and president) and on many section committees. At the national level his service included the Committee on Sections and Councils, the Administrative Division Executive Committee, and the Joint ASCE-Water Pollution Control Federation Technical Committee on the Manual of Practice on Sewer Design and Construction.
Rounding out Kuhn’s ASCE activism was involvement on the Washington Award Commission, Task Committee on Economic Status of the Civil Engineer, Professional Activities Committee, Budget Committee, Executive Committee, Headquarters Relocation Committee, and Task Committee on Constitution and Bylaws.
He was a past president of the Central States Water Pollution Control Association and a director to the National Water Pollution Control Federation.
Kuhn served on numerous Water Pollution Control Federation and American Consulting Engineers Council committees, and testified before Congress for the ACEC. He was also a member of the American Public Works Association, American Water Works Association, and National Society of Professional Engineers, and was a diplomat of the American Association of Environmental Engineers.
After seeing active duty in the Korean War, he finished his undergraduate degree in civil engineering at the University of Illinois, graduating with honors in 1954. He then earned his master’s degree in civil engineering at the University of Wisconsin.
Kuhn helped grow and transform Greeley and Hansen. The rest of his life was devoted to scouting (he was an Eagle Scout), Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, Rotary Club, his church, and his family.