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BRYANT MATHER, a member of ASTM for over 55 years and president of the Society from 1975 to 1976, retired from his position as director of the Structures Laboratory at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Waterways Experiment Station in Vicksburg, Miss. Mather is shown here speaking at his retirement ceremony, which was held in February. He now serves in the prestigious position of director emeritus of the Structures Laboratory where he will continue to participate in technical societies and write technical papers on behalf of the ERDC. A Corps employee since 1941, Mather first worked as a geologist and later as an engineer. Throughout his career, he specialized in concrete research. His first assignment was with the Central Concrete Laboratory at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. As one of the nation’s foremost experts on concrete, Mather has received numerous government and professional organization awards. His awards include the Meritorious Civilian Service Award and the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service (twice). President Carter made him a charter member of the government’s Senior Executive Service in 1979. The Society has honored Mather with its Award of Merit, the Sanford E. Thompson Award, the William T. Cavanaugh Award, the Frank E. Richart Award, the Charles B. Dudley Award, and Honorary Membership. Among numerous other organizational memberships and awards, Mather is an amateur entomologist and an Honorary Life Member of the American Museum of Natural History; seven species of insects have been named “matheri” in his honor. //

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