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Benjamin Franklin McCullough Jr.

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Benjamin Franklin McCullough Jr. Obituary
Benjamin Franklin McCullough, Jr. On November 26th 2012, Benjamin Franklin McCullough, Jr. age 78 passed away suddenly. Frank was born and raised in Austin by goodly parents. He attended Austin High School, graduating in 1952. He followed the Austin High creed of "Loyal Forever", living a life defined by loyalty to his family and friends. His love for the University of Texas began at a young age after attending his first football game with his cousin. At that point, he was hooked and a true orangeblood for life. Frank married Norma Jean Walsh, his childhood sweetheart, the girl down the street and the apple of his eye on September 1st, 1956. They shared 56 years of marriage together and 61 years as sweethearts. He set an incredible example for his children as Norma was always his first priority and treated her as gold. He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering from the University of Texas and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1969 at which time he joined the faculty at the University of Texas and finished his distinguished teaching career as Professor Emeritus. Frank was a modest man and not one to speak of his accomplishments but was known nationally and internationally for his pioneering and continuing developmental work in highway and airport pavement research and design. His work has led to numerous specifications, design methods, and construction procedures for pavements used by the Texas Department of Transportation and countless transportation agencies around the United States and the world. He was a beloved teacher and advisor, having taught thousands of students over a period of nearly 50 years. He served as Director for the Center for Transportation Research at the University of Texas for 19 years and was a co-founder of the consulting firm Austin Research Engineers. Family meant everything to him. He reveled in the joy of his children and grandchildren. He was an incredible father and grandfather who led by both word and deed. He taught valuable life lessons through his actions. He was a Texan in the truest sense of the word and extremely proud of his Texas heritage. Frank had a special place in his heart for the Texas Hill Country with its beautiful rivers and spring flowers. His reverence for his homeland's rugged beauty spoke of his awe for God's creations. He was a simple man who loved nothing more than being with his family and friends in a Texas Hill Country setting eating BBQ. Teasing his family and friends was one of his big hallmarks and there was always a twinkle in his eye for some good-natured mischief or pranks. He loved the Lord with all of his heart and his life was an example of dedicated and loving service to Him. Frank served continuously and faithfully in leadership positions in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints throughout his life. His love for those he served was boundless. Frank is survived by his beloved wife Norma Jean, son Mike and wife Cara, son Scott, son Todd and wife Bridget, son Scooter and wife Lindsay and daughter Melanie Allison and husband Brent. Also surviving him are his adored 12 grandchildren, Ben, Kip, Bethany, Justin, Chelsea, Jordan, Tyler, Cory, Chloe, Bo, Sophie and Chase. He is also survived by his mother-in-law Laverne Walsh, brother Robert and wife Cherrye and sister Francis Bush, all of Austin as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Loyalty, honor, commitment, kindness, courage and optimism defined his life and he was truly a man of integrity. We will miss you Dad and Papa but will be forever grateful for the legacy which you have left us! A visitation will be held Friday evening, November 30th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Lake Travis Events Center/Weed-Corley Fish. An additional viewing will be held Saturday, December 1, 2012 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 5201Convict Hill Rd. Austin, Texas from 10:00 to 10:30 am with the funeral service following at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be held immediately following at Austin Memorial Park Cemetery at 2800 Hancock Drive, Austin. All are welcome to attend. Those wishing to make a financial donation in lieu of flowers may do so to the Perpetual Education Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at pef.lds.org. Obituary and guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Nov. 29 to Nov. 30, 2012
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