Palmer Eugene Gurvin

Palmer Eugene Gurvin

Adams, Mower County, Minnesota, USA
Death 28 Jul 1966 (aged 62)
Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Adams, Mower County, Minnesota, USA
Plot 120
Memorial ID 17240769 · View Source
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Austin Daily Herald | Austin, Minnesota | Tuesday, August 02, 1966 | Page 12

1903 Palmer E. Gurvin 1966
Funeral services were held Saturday for Mr. Palmer E. Gurvin at the Adams Funeral Home in Adams, Minn.

Mr. Gurvin passed away at the Methodist Worrall Hospital in Rochester, Minn., on Thursday, July 28, 1966, at the age of 63.

Mr. Gurvin was born on Sept. 25, 1903, and was the oldest of five children in the Knute Gurvin family of Adams. As a young man, he attended Adams High School and later married the former Miss Regina Krebsbach, also of Adams.

An autodidact, Mr. Gurvin began his engineering career working as a rodman with the Minnesota, Arkansas, and North Dakota state highway organizations. Following various progressive steps, he advanced to the position of state maintenance engineer of the North Dakota State Highway Department in Bismarck, N.D. As state maintenance engineer, he supervised operations through seven division offices, planning rehabilitation programs and issuing specifications for projects concerning the 7,000 miles of state highways at that time. It was Mr. Gurvin who conceived the idea of using snow "ridges" along North Dakota highways during the winter of 1937-38. This plan received nationwide attention.

From 1939 to 1942, he was the assistant civil engineer with the Department of Interior In Minneapolis, Minn.

In 1942 and 1943, Mr. Gurvin worked for the Corps of Engineers (U.S. Army) in Provo, S.D., and the U.S. Navy Bureau of Yards and Docks in Hastings, Neb. In both of these positions he was a supervisor of railroad and highway construction.

In 1943, he was hired by the Defense Plant Corporation (RFC) in Kansas City, Mo., and Denver, Colo., as supervising engineer. He was promoted to assistant regional engineer and then to acting division engineer. He supervised the construction and expansion of 45 industrial plants in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas.

From 1947 to 1950, Mr. Gurvin held many diversified engineering positions which took him from Adak, Alaska, throughout the Far East, and to various parts of the United States. For the next five years, he and his family lived at the Sioux Ordnance Depot in Sidney, Neb. As post engineer, he prepared plans and specifications for 186 construction projects.

In 1955, he accepted an appointment In Washington, D.C., with the Office Chief of Engineers (U.S. Army). Here he was also appointed a member of the U.S. Board of Civil Service examiners. In 1958, he accepted another promotion as engineering consultant with the U.S. Continental Army Command at Ft. Monroe, Va. He furnished technical advice to six U.S. Army Headquarters concerning airfields, roads, and railroads. From 1960 to 1965, he worked on the designing of multi-purpose projects concerning the Missouri River Basin.

Mr. Gurvin retired in 1956 as a registered professional engineer. Until his retirement, he had worked for the U.S. Government 27 years, receiving numerous awards and citations for sustained superior performance and outstanding achievement in the field of engineering.

Mr. Gurvin is survived by his wife, Regina, and five children: Anne Jeanne, South America, Richard, Washington, D. C., Peter. Washington, D. C. George, University of Nebraska, and John, Austin, Minn.

He also has one brother and two sisters: George Gurvin, Chicago, III., Miss Sadie Gurvin, Faribault, Minn , and Mrs. Nellie Madson, Rochester, Minn.

Mr. Palmer Gurvin is buried in the Little Cedar Cemetery of Adams, Minn.

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