|Birth: ||Aug. 26, 1912|
|Death: ||Jul. 20, 2007|
Allan R. "Al" Pepper entered the traffic engineering profession in 1934 following his graduation as a physics major from the University of Denver. He continued his traffic engineering training after graduation, earning traffic engineering and design certificates from the University of Colorado, Georgia School of Technology, New York University, and Northwestern University.
In 1942, was appointed State Traffic Engineer for the Colorado State Highway Department. A pioneer in the transportation engineering profession, Al helped develop the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices and for four years he chaired the National Advisory Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. He served as Treasurer of the Highway Users Conference.
He spent almost four decades with the Colorado Department of Highways, retiring from the Department in 1973. From 1974 to 1981, Al was affiliated with CH2M Hill, and since 1975, Al had been engaged as an expert witness on traffic and transportation litigation. In 1982, Al traveled to Saudi Arabia, having written the Kingdom's traffic control devices manual, and assisted in the writing of the design manual. During his long career, he lectured on traffic engineering topics at police training academies, driver improvement schools, conference, workshops and seminars.
The Colorado Department of Transportation and the University of Colorado recognized Al in 1988 with the Roderick Downing Award. The prestigious Downing Award recognizes outstanding achievement in transportation engineering,
education, planning, research, design, management and/or leadership.
Al was a founding member of the Colorado/Wyoming Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. He was President of the Western Section (now District 6) in 1957 and was the Assistant General Chairman of the 1962 National Meeting.
In 1989, the Colorado/Wyoming Section initiated the Section's Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize Colorado/Wyoming Section members who, for an extended period of time, have contributed in an outstanding manner to the advancement of the transportation profession, the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Colorado/Wyoming Section. Al, and the late Jack Bruce, were the first two members to receive the Section's highest honor.
Up until his death on July 20, 2007 at age 94, Al was an active member of the Section's Awards Committee, and was involved in the review of nominees for the Section's Lifetime Achievement Award and Transportation Professional of the Year Award.
On Sunday September 9, 2007 Al's family members spread his ashes near Alma, Colorado.
Al was a good friend and inspiration to his peers and associates and will be remembered for his significant, lifelong commitment and contributions to the transportation engineering profession.
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Ashes scattered near Alma, Park County, Colorado
Created by: Mark S
Record added: Oct 07, 2007
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