Burton A Lewis, P.E., F.ASCE

Burton "Burt" Lewis has seen the world—and he has helped to build parts of it, too. A proud graduate of both the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois, Burt enjoyed a long career in civil engineering. His expertise took him overseas via service in the 606 Army Engineer Camouflage Battalion in World War II and through his work on projects in Kuwait.

However, he spent the majority of his career in California, where he was an expert on building earthquake-proof structures. Already active with the American Society of Civil Engineers on a local level, he received special attention after the 1971 San Fernando Earthquake, which inspired the ASCE to create the Council of Lifeline Earthquake Engineering. He joined the committee and went on to spend eight years on the Executive Committee of the council.

Burt continues to invest in his profession by naming the ASCE Foundation a beneficiary of his life insurance policies. These generous planned gifts will allow the ASCE Foundation to thrive long after his lifetime.

"It's important to give back to the profession what the profession has given to me," he says. "I had an interesting career and life, which was the result of my civil engineering background—and ASCE supports others like me."

"Burt Lewis' lifetime of ASCE membership and generous dedication to the ASCE Foundation are shining examples of his passion for the civil engineering profession," says H. G. "Gerry" Schwartz, Jr., the ASCE Foundation Board President. "The legacy gifts that Burt is generously leaving to the ASCE Foundation provide us all with a model to emulate."