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liked by those associated with him."

From June, 1909, to April, 1913, Mr. Neely was employed by the
Board of Water Supply of the City of New York on the construction
of Section 1, Wallkill Division, of the Catskill Aqueduct, at New
Paltz, N. Y., of which section he had charge. The work consisted
of a standard type concrete aqueduct, in cut and cover, along a strip
on the east slope of the Shawangunk Moimtains, mainly in rock cut,
and a grade tunnel driven toward the north under Bonticou Crag
to meet the tunnel driven from the other side of the range. In contrast
with the soft-ground prolilems of his early experience along the lower



1754 MEMOIR OF WILLIAM RIDLEY NEELY

Mississippi Eiver, Mr. Neely greatly enjoyed the work and methods
used for the hard-rock excavation, timbering, and concrete construction
in the tunnel, and the diflSculties encountered in open-cut work.
In connection with his duties of supervising the construction, he worked
out several problems of design for special structures and unusual
conditions, and also had the gratification of executing this work. He
was a member of the Catskill Aqueduct Association and took great
interest in his relations with the engineers he met on that work.

On April 10th, 1913, Mr. Neely resigned to enter the contracting
field. He built several miles of the special concrete post and wire
fences along the Aqueduct, which occupied him until the spring of
1915. At the time of his death on April 11th, 1916, he was living in
Portsmouth, Va.

He was married on February 20th, 1901. to Annie Calvert Jones,
of Vicksburg, Miss.

Mr. Neely was a member of the General Alumni Society of the
University of Virginia. He was elected a Member of the American
Society of Civil Engineers on July 9th, 1906.



MEMOIR OF HABOLD PAEKER 1755

HAROLD PARKER, M. Am. Soc. C. E.*



Died ^Jovember 29th, 1916.



Harold Parker, the sou of George Alanson and Harriet Newhall
Felton Parker, was born in Charlestown, Mass., on June 17th, 1854.
He was a direct descendant of Captain Joseph Parker, who settled
in Newbury in 1638, and of Nathaniel Felton, who settled in Salem
in 1633.

After receiving a preliminary common school education in Phila-
delphia, Pa., and Lancaster, Mass., Mr. Parker entered Phillips Exeter
Academy, from which he was graduated. He then entered Harvard
College, where he continued his studies during 1871 and 1872.

Leaving college for a business career, he was first employed in the
capacity of Foreman with the Pennsylvania Steel Company. In 1874,
he returned to his home town, Lancaster, Mass., and became a member
of the civil engineering firm of Parker and Bateman, continuing as
such until his death.

Notwithstanding the fact that he was of modest disposition and
not of the office-seeking type, Mr. Parker was prominent in the political
affairs of Lancaster, and was twice elected to represent his district in
the State Legislature. His best years in public service, however, were
devoted to the work of building up the highway system of his native
State. In 1900 he was appointed by the Governor as a member of
the Massachusetts Highway Commission, and on the resignation of
William E. McCHntock, M. Am. Soc. C. E., in June, 1908, he was
made Chairman, which position he held until 1911, when he resigned
again to devote his time to other than public office. His ability and
tireless industry added to the good repute for gaining progress and
results for which this Commission had already become widely known.
The revolution in methods of highway transportation and consequent
revolution in methods of highway construction was at its height during
Mr. Parker's administration as Chairman of the Commission, and
many who are continuing the work so ably carried on by him, are
indebted to him for his thought and foresight.

Immediately following his resignation as Highway Commissioner,
he became Vice-President of a large contracting firm, thus continuing
to devote his time to road and pavement work.

In 1913 and 1914, Mr. Parker served the State of New York in
an advisory capacity, being designated by Governor Dix as a member
of the Advisory Board of the Highway Department.

Being a lover of nature, he spent his leisure in the fields and
woods, taking much interest in the forests and natural resources of

• Memoir prepared by A. W. Dean, M. Am. Soc. C. B.



1756 MEMOIR OF HAEOLD PARKER

his neighborhood and State, and considering as a pleasure rather than
a duty his services as Chairman of the Massachusetts Forestry Com-
mission and of the Wachusett Mountain Reservation Commission.

Indication of Mr. Parker's recognition by ethers in his chosen
field of effort is shown by his selection as President of the Massa-
chusetts Highway Association and of the American Road Builders'
Association, in both of which societies he took great interest.

Mr. Parker was a man of the sturdy New England type, of high
principles, and a most true friend to those who won his friendship.

He is survived by his widow, Elizabeth B. (Bartol) Parker (to
whom he was married in 1884), and by one son and two daughters.

Mr. Parker was elected a Member of the American Society of Civil
Engineers on June 7th, 1899.



MEMOIK OF WILLIAM RODNEY PATTERSON 1757

WILLIAM RODNEY PATTERSON. M. Am. Soc. C. E.*



Died July 19th, 1916.



William Rodney Patterson was born at Effingliam. N. H., on
November 4th, 1854.

He was graduated from Dartmouth College in 1876. and, within
a few months, was associated with the late Enos M. Barton, of the
Western Electric Company. For many years, Mr. Patterson was the
Plant Engineer of the Western Electric Company, and had direct
charge of the construction and maintenance of all its many buildings,
not only in the United States, but also of its various plants in Europe
and the Orient.

He was directly responsible for the invention and perfection of
the dry-core telephone cable now so generally used throughout the
civilized world, as well as of the process of extruding a lead sheath
over the cable. He took out more than 100 patents in connection with
the development of the telephone cable.

In 1911, Mr. Patterson retired from the Western Electric Com-
pany and, until his death, which occurred on July 19th, 1916, after an
illness of some months, he was senior member of the firm of Patterson
and Davidson, Consulting and Designing Engineers, in Chicago, 111.

He was a man of quiet reserve, but was nevertheless endowed with
an interesting and genial personality, and any one who came in
contact with him, in business or socially, became at once his stanch
friend. By nature a man of the simplest tastes, he was a great reader
and a keen observer. E[is hobby, during his spare moments, was the
preparation of colored lantern slides of architectural and engineering
objects, and his library contains many thousands of such slides colored
by his own hands. He was a great traveler, and, during the latter
years of his life, spent at least one-half his time on foreign shores.

As an executive, Mr. Patterson had few superiors. He had the
peculiar natural gift of being able to select his assistants and of having
the wise judgment of transferring to them authority and holding them
responsible for results, he himself not devoting his valuable time to
minute details of work or organization.

While in the employ of the Western Electric Company, he was
recognized as its construction genius. He had seen the Company
develop from about 25 employees until, at the time of his retirement,

* Memoir prepared by F. E. Davidson, M. Am. Soc. C. E.



1758 MEMOIR OF WILLIAM BODXEY PATTERSON

they numbered more than 50 000 ; and in that time the yearly sales had
increased from a few thousand to about eighty million dollars.

Engineers will remember Mr. Patterson in connection with the
development of the telephone industry, as without doubt its rapid
development has been due more directly to the invention and perfection
of the dry-core telephone cable than to any other one thing.

Mr. Patterson was elected a Member of the American Society of
Civil Engineers on May 4th, 1909.



MEMOIR OF JOSEPH RAMSEY, JR. 1759

JOSEPH RAMSEY, Jr., M. Am. Soc. C. E.*



Died July 7th. 1916.



Joseph Ramsey, Jr., the son of Joseph and Mary (Patterson)
Ramsey, was born at Pittsburgh, Pa.,



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