Honorary Member

One or more Honorary Members may be selected each year by the Academy's Board of Trustees by affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of its members. The individual so honored possesses one or more of the following characteristics:

  • has attained a position of eminence in the field of environmental and/or human health protection;
  • has made a single noteworthy contribution or sustained contribution to the advancement of environmental and/or human health protection; or
  • has rendered outstanding service over a long period of time resulting in the advancement of the affairs of the Academy.

For the full list of eligibility criteria and information on how you can submit nominations for a worthy Environmental Engineer or Scientist, click here.

Honorary Winner

2019 Honorary Member

Gordon Maskew Fair, Ph.D.

The Gordon Maskew Fair Award was established through donations from members of the Academy and engineering firms as a special tribute to a man whose contributions to the field of sanitary and environmental engineering will long be remembered - the late Professor Gordon Maskew Fair of Harvard University.

Gordon M. Fair is best remembered for his profound influence on the sharpest young minds in the engineering field. It is said that his teachings and insights were greatly responsible for the present advanced state of engineering today.

He was an eloquent advocate of environmental harmony and the application of engineering skills to attain this goal. One of his colleagues in the Rockefeller Foundation, of which Gordon Fair served as a member of the board of scientific directors and was, in fact, the first engineer to achieve such distinction, said, "Whether it be in the fields of Sardinia, in the jungles of Brazil, in the lecture rooms of the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris or in the laboratories of the London School of Hygiene, the presence of Gordon Fair inspired all those with whom he came in contact."

This man, who earned the highest praise of his contemporaries, was born in the Union of South Africa in 1894. He received his civil engineering degree from Kgl Technische Hochschule in Charlottenburg, Germany. Gordon Fair came to this country in 1914 and enrolled at M.I.T. and Harvard and attended both schools simultaneously.

In 1918, he went to work for Harvard as an instructor in Sanitary Engineering. By 1926, Gordon Fair was an assistant professor in charge of the Department of Sanitary Engineering. He moved up to associate professor in 1929 and, in 1935, he became a full professor.

His eminence as an educator and leader in the field of engineering education was recognized by his colleagues and in 1946, Gordon Fair became the Dean of the Engineering Faculty and shortly after that, became Chairman of the Division of Engineering.

His dedication to his hard work earned him other forms of recognition including the President's Certificate of Merit in 1946, the George Fuller Memorial Award from the American Water Works Association, Honorary Fellowship in the Royal Society of Health and the Institute of Public Health, Honorary degrees from Tufts, the University of Stuttgart, the London Imperial College, and the Institute of Water Engineers.

Gordon Fair was truly a leader; a man whose name is honored by all men (and women) who would have the engineering field fulfill its responsibility to preserve a harmonious environment for mankind.

- The Diplomate, Special Edition. August 1973.

Past Winners

2018 Colwell, Rita Rossi
2017 Hawkins, George
2016 Kirk, Ken
2015 No recipient
2014 Jenkins, David
2013 Sutley, Nancy
2013 Rittmann, Bruce E.
2013 Jackson, Lisa
2012 Van Antwerp, Jr., Robert L.
2011 Randall, Clifford W.
2010 Crombie, George R.
2009 McCarty, Perry
2009 Rouse, Michael
2008 Sekarajasekaran, A. "Sek"
2007 Gunaratnam, Daniel J.
2006 Barnard, James L.
2005 Qingtao, Xie
2004 Lohani, Bindu Nath
2003 Gloyna, Earnest F.
2002 Bath, Vincent
2001 Tambo, Norihito
2000 Imhoff, Klaus R.
1999 Ludwig, Harvey F.
1994 O'Connor, Donald J.
1991 Stern, Arthur C.
1988 Okun, Daniel A.
1983 Wolman, Abel
1982 Kappe, Stanley E.

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