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In Memoriam Peter C. Tatnall September 20, 1938–April 26, 2013 P(RPI) in 1962; and after serving as a First Lieutenant in the contributions and guidance to develop a better understandingPete’s work lives on in several ASTM standards andACI guidelines from the committees he led and served. His was born in Worcester, MA. He received a degreeete Tatnallin civil engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he began a career that would lead of steel fiber-reinforced concrete and shotcrete are clearly to his very unique insight into and thorough knowledge of the recorded in committee annals and in many technical publica- material we know as concrete. Beginning with Lehigh Portland tions authored by him. Unrecorded, though well-known by his Cement Co. in 1965, he moved from Operations Manager in colleagues and associates, was his tireless support and patient cement to the concrete division to ready mixed precast concrete teaching of concrete science to solve problems and improve and, finally, into aggregate production, which collectively gave our industry. him experience with all the components and uses of concrete. In Pete lived in the Atlanta, GA, area since 1979 and retired 1979, Pete joined Bekaert Corporation, where he harnessed his there with his wife Mary Lou. He is also survived by three cement and concrete knowledge to manage and develop the use (adult) children: Lori Tucker, Lynn Ralph, and Leah Dennis. of steel fiber for reinforcement of concrete. Two years later, he His dedication and service to the industry and to ASA were moved to Novocon International, where he continued to work with profound. ACI Fellow, founding member and past President of steel fiber-reinforcement technology until his retirement. ASA, tireless advocate for the technology of concrete and Pete’s thorough understanding of concrete and keen shotcrete, great friend, mentor and advisor to many, Pete will engineering mind provided him with the ability to design be missed but not forgotten. and adapt concrete technology, steel reinforcement, and field experiences for the purpose of improving standards and guidelines, as well as to educate the industry. His contributions to the American Concrete Institute (ACI) through committee work and Task Group documents were recognized by naming him an ACI Fellow in 1999. Pete chaired several committees until retirement and served as a Consulting and Voting member of ACI Committees 302, Construction of Concrete Floors; 360, Design of Slabs on Ground; 506, Shotcreting, as well as several 506 Task Groups; and 544, Fiber-Reinforced Concrete. Pete joined ASTM International in 1983 and was instru- mental in developing standards in both steel fiber-reinforced concrete and shotcrete. He served as Chair of ASTM Committee C09.42, Fiber-Reinforced Concrete, and Subcommittee C09.46, Shotcrete, from 1990 to 2001 and 2001 to 2008, respectively. Mary Lou and Pete Tatnall at an annual high school reunion Pete worked with ASTM Committee A01 to help write ASTM held in the Finger Lakes area. Eight graduates from KWHS A820, “Standard Specification for Steel Fibers for Fiber-Rein- met at Keuka Lake for over 35 years—all were engineers forced Concrete.” He was active as a member of Committees encouraged to pursue an engineering career by their A01, Steel, Stainless Steel and Related Alloys; C09, Concrete Kenmore teachers and Concrete Aggregates; and C27, Precast Concrete Products. The American Shotcrete Association (ASA) began with Donations in Pete’s memory can be made to the discussions by a few industry activists—Pete among them—in Kenmore High Scholarship Fund—a fund designed to the mid-1990s. His dedication to the founding and development aide students in pursuit of a career in engineering with of an organization that would improve and expand the use of continued studies at an engineering college/university: shotcrete as a method of placing concrete was an important factor in ASA’s birth and growth. Pete served as a Board member; Kenmore West Alumni Scholarship Foundation Treasurer; and, in 2000, as President. His penchant for detail and 33 Highland Parkway order, practiced so well in his life and service, inspired his suc- Buffalo, NY 14223 cessors and contributed to the success of ASA. All who served www.kenwestalumni.org and worked with Pete are better for the experience. 8 Shotcrete • Summer 2013


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