Arthur P. Arndt, Steel Bridge Expert, Dies at 91

Arthur P. Arndt, former vice president for AISC member/certified erector American Bridge Company, passed away last month in Dublin, Ohio, at the age of 91.

Born and raised in Texas, Arndt served in the U.S. Navy and the Naval Reserves before graduating from the University of Texas with a degree in civil engineering. He worked for American Bridge — which at the time was a subsidiary of US Steel Corporation —  for more than 40 years, starting out as a civil engineer and moving up to vice president until his retirement. He was the recipient of many awards for excellence in engineering and in 2001 he received AISC’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the structural steel industry. He also served as an auditor for Quality Auditing Company, Inc., the precursor to Quality Management Company, LLC, which currently operates under the auspices of AISC’s certification programs.

Mike Flowers, who recently retired as president and CEO of American Bridge, recalled, “I worked directly for Art briefly back in the 1980s and got to know him fairly well. He was a no-nonsense kind of guy, an engineer’s engineer. I’ll never forget when he pulled me aside at the end of a particular AISC audit and told me how proud he was that we were building American Bridge back to its former glory and doing a very fine job of it. Compliments from Art were not easily earned, and it was pretty meaningful in giving perspective to what we were building here at American Bridge.”

Arndt was preceded in death by his wife, Aileen.