Dr. Fred-Kulhawy-Obituary

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Dr. Fred H. Kulhawy

Sep 8, 1943 - May 12, 2015 (Age 71)

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Fred, your unique character and sense of humor are still missed.

I just learned of Professor Kulhawy's passing via the Cornell Engineering magazine. My father, a geotechnical engineer, held Prof. Kulhawy in highest regards professionally and personally and I am so grateful for his mentoring and kindness as I came to Cornell as a freshman.

I just heard at the Conference in New Zealand that Prof. Kulhawy passed away. I always remember him as a good teacher and person. He and Gloria used to invite us, as Ph.D. students of him or others(who are staying in Ithaca), to their home during the thanksgivings. My heartiest condolences to you dear Gloria.

I just heard of Fred's passing. So, sorry for your loss. He was an amazing teacher and I will be forever thankful to him for his kindness as I fumbled through grad school. I called him last year and reconnected after such a long lapse, and could not believe he remembered me. He is missed. MEng - 1983

Gloria, so sorry, we miss you both

Dear Prof Kulhawy, you have shaped the lives of many and I am one of those many. I will always rememebr what you taught me, not just in academia, but in life. Your were a great mentor, a great role model and a great friend. Prof Kulhawy, you have parted our world indeed, but your legacy lives with us.

My heartiest condlonces to you dear Mrs Kulhawy.

Sherif W Agaiby

Fred leaves a void hard to fill.


You were one of the most influential people in my life, perhaps the most influential in my professional life. I consider it a great privilege to have had you as a mentor and friend for the last 33 years. I miss ya already.
Fred was one of guiding lights of geotechnical engineering and, besides that, a Jersey Boy!
Gloria, please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss.

Dear Fred
With your passing, I have lost another good friend and geotechnical engineering has lost another good man.
You will always be remembered and missed.


Dr. Fred's Obituary

Fred Howard Kulhawy was born in Topeka, Kansas on September 8, 1943 to Fred and Gloria (Hahn) Kulhawy. He spent his childhood and early adulthood in New Jersey, where he received his B.S.C.E. in 1964 from Newark College of Engineering (NCE), which is now a part of New Jersey Institute of Technology. He completed his M.S.C.E. from NCE in June 1966, married Gloria Ianna in September 1966, and they relocated to Berkeley, CA for educational pursuits. He received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in September 1969, and began his Professorial career at Syracuse University, where he advanced to the rank of Associate Professor. In 1976 he joined the Cornell Faculty, becoming Professor in 1981.During his 40-year academic career, Fred taught a wide range of courses in the field of geotechnical engineering. At Cornell he also supervised the annual Master of Engineering geotechnical design project seventeen times. His courses emphasized basics and developing thought processes, but they always were oriented toward design and professional practice. He has been a prolific researcher, with sponsors ranging from various government agencies to public and private companies. He has supervised 54 M.S. and Ph.D. theses. He has authored/co-authored more than 370 publications. The research done by him and his students has influenced geotechnical practice. His contributions have been recognized with over 20 major professional society awards. Among them are the following: Distinguished Member of ASCE, the highest accolade of ASCE for acknowledged eminence in engineering; the Norman Medal, the oldest and most prestigious technical award of ASCE; and the Karl Terzaghi Award, the ASCE Geo-Institute career accolade for eminence in geotechnical engineering.After his retirement he kept active in his Consulting Practice, as well as travelling to indulge one of his passions, opera.He is survived by his wife, Gloria; a brother Kenneth of Tempe, AZ; brother and sister in-law, Frank and Nancy Ianna, nieces Kristy and Lindsay, nephew Rob Ianna, of NJ; and numerous cousins.There are no services. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Hospicare, 172 East King Road, Ithaca, NY 14850, or a charity of your choice. Bangs Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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