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C. W. Lovell Obituary
C. W. Lovell

C. W. "Bill" Lovell, 90, of West Lafayette passed away on Saturday, June 15, 2013 following a prolonged illness.

Born Nov 16,1922 in Louisville Kentucky to the late Edith Green and Charles William Lovell, Sr., Bill served in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineering Corps (Seabees) in the south Pacific during World War II.

He received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Louisville in 1944, and his Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Purdue University in 1951, followed by his PhD from Purdue in 1957.

Starting in 1948 at Purdue as a graduate assistant, Bill moved through the ranks to become a full professor in civil engineering in 1974. In 1996, he left civil engineering and became a facilitator of Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People for human resources at Purdue. In 2002, he was honored as the Facilitator of the Year by the Franklin Covey organization. At the time of his full retirement in 2010, he had been a staff member at Purdue for almost 63 years.

Professor Lovell developed numerous courses in his civil engineering specialty of geotechnical engineering and taught extensively at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He served as major advisor for 114 graduate students, and supervised 59 graduate theses. He was recognized internationally as an expert in the stability of earthen slopes, in the performance of compacted soil and rock fills, and in the use of waste materials in civil engineering construction. He authored or co-authored 193 publications.

Professor Lovell held high positions in the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Transportation Research Board, and other professional organizations, from which he received numerous awards. He was a Fellow of both the ASTM and the ASCE. He was a past district governor of Lions International, a past president of the Lafayette Lions Club, a member of the Board of Directors of the Lafayette Rotary Club, a past president of the Greater Lafayette Civic Theatre, a charter member of the Covenant Presbyterian Church, West Lafayette, and an elder of the Central Presbyterian Church, Lafayette.

Mr. Lovell traveled extensively and was an avid fly fisherman. He actively supported environmental initiatives, including the Nature Conservancy.

In 1991, Bill married Mary Ellen Totten, who survives him. Also surviving are a daughter, Christine Kemp (James) of Columbus, IN; a son, Douglas Lovell (Elizabeth), of Berkeley, CA, and 1 grandchild, Megan Kemp. The rest of his loving family includes 3 stepdaughters, Rebecca Kamm of Merritt Island, FL; Holly Crawford (Peter) of Orlando, FL; and Kristi Travers (Mischa) of Portola Valley, CA; a stepson, Tom Totten of Battle Ground, IN; 6 step grandchildren, John and Mary Totten, along with their mother, Mary Jo Totten; Grayson (Cathy) and Austin Kamm; and Cameron and Lindsey Travers; and 1 step great-grandchild, Collier Kamm. He was preceded in death by a brother, John G. Lovell of Crystal River, FL, and a grandchild, Scott Lovell.

A memorial service will be held at the Central Presbyterian Church, Lafayette, on Saturday, June 22, at 11 a.m., followed by a reception in the church parlor.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Central Presbyterian Church or The Nature Conservancy. Hippensteel Funeral Home entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at

Published in the Journal & Courier from June 17 to June 21, 2013
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