Shelbyville Daily Union

Obituaries

March 4, 2013

W. Gene Corley, Ph.D., S.E., P.E.

SHELBYVILLE, IL. — W. Gene Corley, Ph.D., S.E., P.E.

Formerly of Shelbyville

W. Gene Corley of Glenview, IL, formerly of Shelbyville, IL, passed away peacefully on March 1, 2013. He was 77 years old. Gene was the son of the late Clarence W. and Mary Douthit Corley of Shelbyville, IL. He was married to Lynd Wertheim Corley for 53 years.

He graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1954. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering (’58), M.S. in Structural Engineering (’60) and Ph.D. in Structural Engineering (’61) from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL. He was president of the Varsity Men’s Glee Club, Bronze Tablet, ROTC, and a member of Alpha Kappa Lambda Fraternity. He was a captain in the Army Corp of Engineers at Fort Belvoir, VA.

Gene served as an elder and deacon of Northminster Presbyterian Church, Evanston, IL, a member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, Boy Scout Webelo leader, President Cook County District Board the American Red Cross, President of the District 34 Caucus, President Association House Board of Directors. Member of the Kaskaskia and New Buffalo Yacht Clubs. 

Dr. Corley is one of the world’s foremost experts in analyzing buildings damaged by bombs, earthquakes, fire and tornadoes. He led the federal investigation into the September 11, 2001, collapse of the World Trade Center’s twin towers.  He also conducted the investigation of the 1995 collapse of part of the Murrah Federal Building caused by the Oklahoma City bombing, and served as expert advisor during the investigation and trial resulting from the 1993 fatal fire at the Branch Davidian complex in Waco, Texas.

He was a licensed Professional Engineer in 31 states and Canada, Structural Engineer in Illinois, Utah, Civil Engineer California, Hawaii, Chartered Engineer, FI Struct E: UK 

He was a member of the National Academy of Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers: Reinforced Concrete Research Council – Former Member and Secretary, Structural Division Committee on Research – Former Chairman, Committee on Research Needs to Reduce Failure – Former Chairman, Committee on Concrete Bridge Superstructure – Member, Technical Council on Forensic Engineering – Chairman, National Society of Professional Engineers – Fellow National Council of Structural Engineers Associations – Founding Member, Board of Direction, President 1996-97 American Concrete Institute – Honorary: Committee on Simplified Design of Concrete Buildings (ACI 314) – Voting Member, Committee on Standard Building Code (ACI 318-95) – Member, Former Chairman, Committee on Bridge Design – Member and Former Chairman, Committee on Earthquake-Resistant Concrete Bridges – Member, Committee on Limit Design – Former Member, Technical Activities Committee – Former Member, Committee on Deflections – Former Member, Committee on Crossties – Former Member Building Seismic Safety Council – Former Vice-Chairman and Founding Member, Board of Direction Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings – Member and Former Chairman Earthquake Engineering Research Institute – Great Lakes Chapter – Member and Former President Illinois Building Commission – Former Member, Technical Advisory Group, Illinois Seismic Safety Task Force – Member,Institute for Business & Home Safety – Member,Earthquake Committee, International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering – Member, International Standards Organization
 Committee TC-71, Concrete – Chairman,Mid America Earthquake Center – Member, Board of Directors,National Association of Railroad Safety Consultants and Investigators – Member,National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying – President, 2007-2008, RILEM – Member, Post Tensioning Institute,Technical Activities Board – Former Member,Transportation Research Board, Committee on Design of Concrete Bridge Superstructures – Former Member, Committee on Long-Term Bridge Performance - Member } National Research Council
– Committee for Oversight and Assessment of Blast- effects – Member } Structural Engineers Association of Illinois – Former President } Structural Engineers Institute
– Professional Activities Committee – Chairman, Board of Governors Member } Structural Engineers World Congress – Founding Member, Board of Direction } Governor’s Earthquake Preparedness Task Force (Illinois)

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