Charles Salmon, Renowned Structural Engineering Professor and Author, Dies

Chuck SalmonCharles (Chuck) G. Salmon, professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, died unexpectedly on April 28 in Las Vegas, where he had been living since his retirement from UW. He was 83.

Throughout his career as a professor, Salmon taught and mentored thousands of students. He was highly respected within the structural engineering community and also authored/co-authored several widely used textbooks on structural analysis and steel design, most notably Steel Structures, Design and Behavior. He received AISC’s prestigious T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award in 1981 and an AISC Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.

Over the years, he was very active in numerous professional engineering societies including: AISC, American Welding Society (AWS), American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE), American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) and the Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers (WSPE).

He is survived by his children, Margaret (Hans) Eusch, David (Ellen Kodis) Salmon and Martha (Robert) Witt; his sister; and seven grandchildren, and was preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth “Bette” Salmon.