Paul C. Disario, retired engineering and construction executive, died peacefully at his home in Geyserville, California on June 15, 2013 at the age of 93. Mr. Disario and his wife Dorothy moved to Geyserville in 2005 from Old Greenwich, Connecticut where they had lived for 45 years. Mr. Disario held engineering and executive positions in engineering and construction companies, starting with the M.W. Kellogg Company in 1949. In 1961, he joined the Overmeyer Company where he served as director of engineering and construction, and as president of its subsidiary, the Green and White Construction Company. From 1972 until his retirement, he was vice president and a director of the Burns & Roe Company. Mr. Disario's work involved large scale and often complex projects, including petrochemical plants, nuclear facilities, grain silos, docks, railroad marshaling yards and railroad stations, across the United Sates and at locations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. During the 1980's, Mr. Disario left his retirement to oversee construction of the Stamford, Connecticut Transportation Center, a project that was then more than 75 percent completed. His discovery of structural design errors averted a major disaster. When his analysis determined that the beams spanning the transportation hub would not support the concourse above, much of the project had to be re-built to prevent a potentially lethal collapse. Mr. Disario, a contributor to engineering journals, was a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the American Society of Civil Engineers. Mr. Disario received a B.S. in engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1942. He served in World War II as Lieutenant in the U. S. Navy in air engineering at naval air stations and aboard aircraft carriers in the Pacific. Following the War, he received a M.S. from Harvard University. Mr. Disario, born in Boston, Massachusetts, was the youngest of seven children. He is survived by his wife Dorothy of Geyserville; his five children: Paul of Sacramento, CA; Michele Stratton of San Francisco, CA; Gabrielle of Sebastopol, CA; Elizabeth Lighton of New York, NY; and Andrea Marcusa of New York, NY; eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 21, 2013 at St. John's Church in Healdsburg, CA, with a private inurnment later in Greenwich, Connecticut Arrangements by Fred Young F. H. Cloverdale, 707-894-2540
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from June 19 to June 22, 2013