James Carigan

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James M. Carigan, 93, widower of Marjorie Ryan Carigan, died Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Lexington Country Place. Born in Hodgenville, he was a son of the late William E. and Gertrude Cundiff Carigan. Survivors include his children, Jim (and Lin) Carigan of Lawrenceburg, Pam Wingate of Lexington, Betsy (and John) Chinn of Frankfort, his beloved life partner, Jean Rochelle Moore of Versailles; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Raised in Liberty, he graduated from Casey County High School in 1938 and obtained a civil engineering degree from U.K. in 1942. He was employed by the TVA, was a home builder and served 30 years with the Kentucky Dept. of Transportation. He worked for the State Department in Saudi Arabia for three years and served two years with the Army Corp of Engineers in Virginia. He was a pioneer in highway location and design using aerial survey and computer technology. Instrumental in the first computer designed road in Kentucky, he worked on New Circle Road, I-64, the Blue Grass Parkway, the Watterson Expressway, and I-71. He located the Camp Nelson Kentucky River bridge on U.S. 27 and the Kentucky Legislature resolved that a mile of U.S. 27 be named the "Jim Carigan Mile." Mr. Carigan was a member of the Liberty Christian Church, the Association of Transportation Engineers where he twice served as President, the Society of Civil Engineers, the Society of Photogrammetry Transportation Hall of Fame, the Casey County Educational Hall of Fame, and he trained and raced thoroughbreds for 35 years. Following cremation, there is to be no visitation or services. Memorials are suggested to Old Friends Equine, 1841 Paynes Depot Rd, Georgetown, KY 40324. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home of Versailles handled arrangements.
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Published in The Casey County News on July 30, 2014