Robert Lingren Bleyl
1936 - 2021
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Robert Lingren Bleyl

Scottsdale - On Tuesday, February 16, 2021, Robert L. Bleyl, age 84, passed away in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was born in 1936, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Lorenzo and Alice Bleyl. He was educated in Salt Lake City, attending East High School and the University of Utah, acquiring a BS degree in Civil Engineering and MS degree in Traffic Engineering, graduating with honors.

He attended the Bureau of Highway Traffic at Yale University, acquiring a Certificate in Highway Transportation Engineering. He subsequently became the Deputy Director of Traffic for the Utah State Department of Highways, then returned to Yale University as an Assistant Professor of Engineering. In 1968 he transferred to Pennsylvania State University as an Associate Professor, continuing to teach and earning a PhD Degree in Transportation Engineering. In 1972, he established the Transportation Engineering Program at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM, and taught there for nine years.

In 1980 Robert resigned his tenured Associate Professorship to pursue a full-time engineering consulting practice, known as Bleyl Forensic Engineering. Since 1966, the firm has undertaken more than 1,500 separate cases. As the sole professional, Robert gave expert witness testimony in these assignments, for both defendants and plaintiffs.

Robert was a member of several technical societies, including the National Academy of Forensic Engineers, where he held the office of National Treasurer for several years, and the Institute of Traffic Engineers. In 1968 the Institute of Traffic Engineers awarded him the Past Presidents' Award in recognition of professional excellence in Traffic Engineering.

Robert loved music and sang barbershop with the New MexiChords-Duke City Chorus in Albuquerque for many years. He also was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Robert is survived by his wife of 60 years, Merriam Bleyl of Scottsdale, AZ: four children, Erik (Courtney) Bleyl of Richmond, VA; Steven (Junko) Bleyl of Osaka, Japan; Heidi (Darren) Kay of Tucson, AZ; and Katrine (Paul) Nyman of Prescott Valley, AZ; fourteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Philip. Services will be held privately by the family.

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Published in The Arizona Republic from Feb. 23 to Feb. 26, 2021.
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