DEHART, Robert C.
Dr. Robert C. DeHart, age 80, of San Antonio, died Wednesday, June 3, 1998. He was born in Laramie, Wyoming. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Wyoming in 1938, his M.S. in Civil Engineering, from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1940, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1955. Dr. DeHart was a design engineer at Standard Oil Company of Indiana, 1940-46; associate professor of civil engineering at Montana State College, 1946-51; research engineer, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1951-52 (on leave from Montana State); Armed Forces Special Weapons Project in the Pentagon. He worked on the atom bomb project "Red Wing", 1953-58 (structural Analyst, 1953-55; aeronautical research engineer, 1955-58), Lecturer at George Washington University 1955-58; Southwest Research Institute, 1958-(manager, structural mechanics section, 1958-8; director of structural research, 1959-70; technical vice president, department of structural research and ocean engineering, 1970-74; vice president, division of structural research and ocean engineering, 1974 to present. A registered professional engineer, Dr. DeHart had been Vice President and had actively participated in the Structural Research and Ocean Engineering technical program at Southwest Research Institute for 21 years. During this period, he contributed to the design and development of several U.S. Navy and industrially funded small submersibles such as the Aluminaut, Alvin, DSRV, NEMO, DOWB, DEEP QUEST and DEEP VIEW. In recent years, he had concentrated on the design and analysis of fixed, jack-up and semi-submersible drilling platforms. Dr. DeHart served as a consultant to offshore platform designers, fabricators and operators on such matters as fatigue and stress analysis. He was instrumental in establishing the Institute's Engineering Laboratories and designed the Institute's wave tank. Dr. DeHart was a past chairman of the Executive Committee of the Ocean Technology Division of the ASME and had served on the Technical Council on Ocean Engineering of the ASCE and on the editorial advisory board of the magazine "OFFSHORE". He has given several short courses on ocean engineering at UCLA. Approximately 20 papers related to ocean engineering have been published by Dr. DeHart. He is listed in "American and International Men of Science" and in "Who's Who in the Southwest". Some of these papers were international. His memberships included: Sigma Xi, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Tau, and Phi Kappa Phi. Mr. DeHart was also a member of First Presbyterian Church. Survivors include his wife, Marion DeHart; son, Michael Dehart, Houston, TX; daughters, Dayle Manny, San Antonio, Meghan Caughey, Monroe, OR; sister and brother-in-law, Jeanne and Hugh Bradford, Fredericksburg, TX; brother and sister-in-law, Bruce and Virignia DeHart, Los Angeles, CA; and 2 grandchildren, Mark and Melissa Manny. SERVICE MONDAY - 11:00 A.M. FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH the Rev. George Sturch officiating. A reception will follow in the McCullough Room. Honorary pallbearers: Ed Briggs, Ed Kimbill, Dean Sillerud, Jarvis Michie, Mo Bronstad, Ray Kirksey, Bud Ursell, and Dewey Peace. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Christian Assistance Ministry, First Presbyterian Church or to a charity of choice. Arrangements with Porter Loring Mortuary.
Friday, June 5, 1998
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