Charles C. Ladd ’54

Charles C. Ladd III ’54 died August 4, 2014, in Concord, Mass. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on November 23, 1932, and prepared for college at the Judson School for Boys and Providence Country Day School. A member of Theta Delta Chi fraternity, he graduated cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1955, simultaneously earning a bachelor of arts degree from Bowdoin and a bachelor of science in building engineering and construction from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He went on to earn a master of science in civil engineering from M.I.T. in 1957, and doctor of science in soil engineering in 1961. He joined the M.I.T. faculty in 1961 and served until he retired in 2001 as the Edmund K. Turner Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He was internationally known for his contributions to the teaching, research and practice of geotechnical engineering. Among his numerous professional achievements, he was elected in 1983 to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and was the recipient of many research awards from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), including the Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize, the Croes Medal, the Norman Medal and the Terzaghi Lecture Award. In 1995, he was elected as a distinguished member of ASCE and received the Hogentogler Award from the American Society for Testing and Materials. In 2012, he was awarded the ASCE Outstanding Project and Leaders lifetime achievement award for his contributions to engineering education. He is survived by daughters Melissa Northrup and Ruth McGraw; sons Charles C. Ladd IV ’78 and Matthew Ladd; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; his fiancé, Elaine Burkley, and brother Richard Ladd. He was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Carol Ballou Ladd.

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