ECHELBERGER, Dr. Wayne Franklin Jr. 78, of Tampa, died suddenly and unexpectedly in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. He was in Indianapolis continuing his service with the Triangle Fraternity Education Foundation and also was with family and friends attending a cheerleading competition which included his granddaughter. Events like these were focal points in Wayne's life during retirement and cherished by those able to share these experiences. He was born in Pierre, South Dakota on Oct. 23, 1934 to Wayne F. and Winifred (Turner) Echelberger. He graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and received an MS degree in Public Health and an MS and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan. He had a long and productive academic career as a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He held academic positions at the University of Michigan (1964/65), University of Notre Dame (1965-73), Indiana University (1973-83), University of Texas-El Paso (1983-89) and the University of South Florida (1989-99), the last two serving as Professor & Department Chairman. After his retirement from the University of South Florida in 1999, he continued to be engaged in academic activities as a Professor Emeritus. Dr. Echelberger was involved in many different engineering activities giving freely of his time, energy and expertise to a number of worthy causes both at the national and international level. He worked with both governments and industry finding new strategies from improving air and water quality and managing solid and hazardous waste. He was a past member of the Technology accreditation Commission, Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. He also served on the boards of many prestigious engineering organizations. Over the course of his career he received many honors and awards, including being named Engineer of the Year several times by various organizations; a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary International Foundation; was honored by Triangle Fraternity as a Man of the Century; the Water Environment Federation's Harrison Prescott Eddy Medal for noteworthy research; a Diplomat in the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, having received that organization's Stanley E. Kappe Award in 2006; he received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2003 from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and in 2010 was awarded the Guy E. March Medal the highest award given by the University to one of its graduates. An honor particularly dear to Wayne's heart was having a scholarship named in his honor at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. This scholarship includes a testament to his life as follows - "As a teacher and mentor, he helped launch the careers of promising engineers while emphasizing the importance of balance between professional responsibilities and family life. Lessons on life about ethics and balance that Dr. Echelberger imparted to his sons carried over into lessons in the classroom. He taught his engineering students the value of giving back through community service and active involvement in professional organizations." He was a member of Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church, Tampa Rotary Club, American Society of Civil Engineers, National Society of Professional Engineers, American Public Works Association, American Water Works Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, Water Environment Federation, American Society of Engineering Education, Florida Engineering Society, Florida Water Environment Association, Sigma Xi, Chi Epsilon, and Triangle Fraternity. He was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Iris Violetta "Vi" (Davila) Echelberger, and his parents. He is survived by his sons, Dr. Jeffrey Echelberger (Bonnie) of Louisville, Kentucky and Michael Echelberger (Penny) of Georgetown, Texas; grandchildren, Drew and Mitch Echelberger of Louisville, KY and Austin, Ashley and Brady Echelberger of Georgetown, TX.; and a sister, Rita Potas (Les) of Benson, Minnesota. There will be a memorial service at 12 pm Saturday, Feb. 9 at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church, 420 Bullard Parkway, Temple Terrace, FL 33617, with reception to follow. Memorial gifts may be made to the Temple Terrace Presbyterian Weekday School Scholarship Fund. Please visit www.bussellandbell.com where you may sign the guestbook and share a memory of Mr. Echelberger.
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Feb. 3, 2013