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G. Louis Fletcher


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G. Louis Fletcher Obituary
G. Louis Fletcher October 18, 1934 - August 20, 2018 Louis passed away due to complications from Parkinson's Disease at his home in Redlands surrounded by family. Louis was preceded in death by parents, Ted and Vada Fletcher, and his brother Ed. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Janet, his children Laurie, Cheryl, Don, grandchildren Melanie, Brandon and Nicole and a niece and nephew, Elizabeth and Ed. As a high school senior, he received the Stanford University Dofflemyer Eagle Scout Scholarship which he turned down in favor of attending the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) which he was introduced to by a seventh-grade math teacher who was impressed by Louis' extraordinary math and science aptitude. Louis graduated from Caltech with a BS in engineering ('56) and an MS in Mechanical engineering ('57). He received the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship in Industry while in graduate school. Early employment included Douglas Aircraft Co., Grand Central Rocket Co., Hydro Conduit Co. and teaching engineering at the University of Redlands, 1957-58. It was while teaching that he met his wife, Janet. In 1966 Louis was hired by the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District (MUNI) as their first in-house civil engineer. He was named MUNI's General Manager in 1980. During his 35 years at MUNI, he was renowned for being "a brilliant thinker" and for the design and construction of the East Branch of the State Water Project (SWP), a major aqueduct system delivering water to the San Bernardino Valley. The actions he took in opposing the U.S. Army Corp of Engineer's (USACE) Mentone Dam location and design are now the stuff of legend with the 4-year battle successfully ending with the scrapping of the Mentone Dam plan and approval to construct the Seven Oaks Dam. Louis was an active member of a variety of organizations including the Tau Beta Pi Association, Caltech Gnomes Honorary Alumni Society, Caltech Alumni Board, the National Society of Professional Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers (Pipeline Division), the Redlands Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scouts of America, Redlands Highlands Farm Labor Association, and Trinity Church in Redlands. Louis received many awards and recognition including the 1981 J. James R. Croes Medal by the American Society of Civil Engineers for the report titled: Observations of Mortar Lining of Steel Pipelines, which he co-authored with Samual Aroni. He also received the Cal State, San Bernardino Water Resources Institute 2007 Life Time Achievement in Water Resources Award. He is featured in the Cal State, San Bernardino Water Resources Dept. Oral History program archives, as well as in the MUNI 2014 publication, Delivering The Future: 60 years of Vision and Innovation 1954-2014. Please consider donating to The National Parkinson's Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131; www.parkinsons.org
Published in San Bernardino Sun on Aug. 25, 2018
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