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Arthur D. Denys

1930 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Arthur D. Denys Obituary
Arthur Denys passed away Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, from complications of a stroke. Service: 10 a.m. Saturday in Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Chapel. Visitation and Panikhida (memorial) service: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Chapel. Arthur Denys was born Aug. 9, 1930, in Charleroi, Pa., to Mary and Arthur Denys. He attended schools in Charleroi, Pa., graduating from high school in 1948. Arthur attended Penn State University until he was drafted into the Army. After his military discharge in 1956, he attended Youngstown University and graduated with a degree in civil engineering. He earned a master's degree from Carnegie-Mellon University, graduating magna cum laude. He attended Harvard University for management courses. Arthur's professional career was with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He was one of the most recognized employees that the Southwestern Division Office had ever had. He was presented many prestigious awards including a Presidential Distinguished Civil Service Award that the White House presented. He also received the Presidential Meritorious Civilian Service Award. In 1980, Arthur became a member or the government's Senior Executive Service and earned a Senior Executive Service exceptional rating each year between 1982 and 1993. He was honored with the secretary of the Army's Exceptional Civilian Service Award which is the highest award a civilian can receive. He was the first in the division office to receive the award in the 52-year history of the Dallas office. Presentation was held at the State Department. Arthur attended a training assignment in Washington, D.C., for the Planning Associates Program, graduating in 1973. He returned to Dallas as a director of Directorate of Engineering where he was responsible for 1,300 multi-disciplined engineers and scientists in an eight-state region. He earned international recognition for his expertise in dam safety and non-renewable energy applications. He instituted Total Army Quality Management in all fields and championed engineering excellence. Arthur belonged to numerous professional societies and was director of the International Project Management Institute symposium in Dallas. He served on the Presidential Advisory Committee at the University of Texas at Arlington. The Dallas Association of Minority Engineers was another of his involvements, and he was a member of the Council for Higher Education. He was a member of the International Boundary Commission. He was a fellow in the Society of American Military Engineers. In 1990, he was selected as Zone 111 Government Civil Engineer of the Year by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Arthur retired in 1994 after 34 years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He loved golf, hunting and fishing and he also enjoyed having his vegetable garden. Survivors: His wife of 57 years, Wretha; daughter, Mary Curry and husband, Don; granddaughters, Krystal Curry and Chelsea Wuebker and husband, Chris; and great-granddaughter, Emma Lynn Wuebker.
Published in Star-Telegram on Oct. 4, 2013
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