|Birth: ||Aug. 15, 1920|
|Death: ||Jun. 18, 2010|
Consulting Engineer Theron Zolly (T.Z.) Chastain died June 18, 2010 at age 89. He was born in Gainesville, Georgia, raised in Miami, Florida and resided in the Atlanta area since 1947. He was a graduate of Georgia Tech (B.S.-1943 & Masters Degree-1947), U.S. Navy veteran and a Consulting Forensic and Structural Engineer. Mr. Chastain was founder and principal of three firms including Chastain and Tindel, Inc., which was sold to Rosser International, Inc. in 1981 and Chastain Forensic Corp. which was sold to Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. in 1990. As a structural engineer, he was responsible for a wide range of projects in the southeast, including the Richard B. Russell Federal Building, First Federal Savings and Loan Building in Atlanta and the Infantry Training School at Fort Benning, numerous buildings at Georgia Tech and University of GA. As a forensic engineer, he investigated and provided court testimony of building system failures including the collapse of a million gallon elevated water tank in Jackson, MS, and bridge forming failures in East Chicago and Atlanta. Mr. Chastain was a Fellow and Life Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Consulting Engineers Council and past President of the local chapters. He was also a Fellow of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers, Honorary Member and past International President of the American Concrete Institute. After retirement in 1999, he continued to serve as an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association. During his life span his hobbies included travel, flying, woodworking, golf and reading. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 26 at Petite Auberge Restaurant, 2935 North Druid Hills Road, Atlanta, GA with reception immediately following. Memorial donations may be made to Visiting Nurse of Hospice Atlanta, 5775 Glenridge Dr., N.E., Atlanta, GA 30328. Arrangements by the Cremation Society of Georgia 404-355-7627. Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on June 23, 2010
From the Structural Engineers Association of Georgia:
Theron Z., "T.Z.", Chastain, a pioneer in the Atlanta structural engineering community, passed away June 18, 2010, at the age of eighty-nine. T.Z. was a recognized leader in the design of reinforced concrete structures and in the investigation of structural collapses. In a career that spanned over fifty years, he earned a reputation as a practical engineer with a great passion for his work and his profession. T.Z. received his bachelor's degree in 1943 and his master's degree in 1947, both in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He was licensed as a professional engineer in 1943 (GA PE 2292!). He served as a naval architect during World War II, afterwards providing his expertise for the U.S. Navy Construction Battalion. From 1947 to 1954, he worked for I.E. Morris and Associates, a structural consulting firm, and Abreu and Robeson, Inc., an architectural and engineering firm, both based in Atlanta.
He started a private practice in 1954. In 1959, he established the Atlanta structural engineering firm Chastain & Tindel, where he worked on prominent structures such as the Southern Bell Telephone Company Building (now the AT&T Communications Building), the Richard B. Russell?Federal Building, and the University of Georgia's Stegeman Coliseum. He practiced with the company until it merged with Rosser, White, Hobbs, Davidson, McClellan, Kelly, Inc., (now Rosser International) in 1981.Shortly thereafter, he founded the Atlanta based Chastain Forensic Corp., which was eventually acquired by forensic engineer Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc., in 1990. He remained as the office manager of the division until 1991 and continued as part-time consultant until his retirement in 2001. The Chastain Division was the foundation of WJE's current Atlanta branch operations. T.Z. was extremely generous in giving his time to professional organizations and was recognized as "Engineer of the Year" by the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers and the "Consulting Engineer of the Year" by the Consulting Engineers Council of Georgia. He was president of ACI in 1981. He served on various committees throughout his career, including ACI Committee 318-Structural Concrete Building Code, ACI Committee 364-Rehabilitation, and ACI 412-Design of Reinforced Concrete Slabs. Additionally, he was chairman of the ACI chapter activities committee and spoke at various international ACI-sponsored seminars throughout Asia and South and Central America. He was a fellow and life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and served as president of the Georgia chapter in 1963. He was a fellow and member of the American Consulting Engineers Council, the National Academy of Forensic Engineers, and the American Society for Testing and Materials.
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Record added: Jul 27, 2012
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