Harl Aldrich, company co-founder, dies at 91

Burlington, MA (November 24, 2014) – Haley & Aldrich Founder and Chairman Emeritus Harl P. Aldrich, Jr. died today in Concord, MA at the age of 91. Dr. Aldrich was a leader in geotechnical and civil engineering, and his legacy is seen not just in his home city of Boston, but also across the country where his pioneering spirit has endured in the company he co-founded.

Dr. Aldrich left his position as Assistant Professor of Soil Mechanics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to co-found Haley & Aldrich, Inc. in 1957. The company was the first in New England devoted to the field of geotechnical engineering. At the conclusion of his career, Dr. Aldrich had contributed his expertise to the field for more than 35 years. He grew the firm around the principles of innovation, putting clients first, and investing in staff professional development, all of which serve as the company's foundation today. Before retiring from the company in 1992, Dr. Aldrich served in the roles of President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman.

“Harl cared deeply about people and his profession, and his impact on all those who knew him was profound,” said Larry Smith, CEO of Haley & Aldrich. “His personal integrity, purpose and values live on as his legacy in our company, embodied in our core values and core purpose, our focus on client service, and on professional excellence. We have the culture we have because of the way Harl led our company, and the example he set. Harl was a role model for everyone who knew him, and especially those who had the honor to work with him. He will be missed.”

Among his many notable contributions beyond founding the engineering and environmental consulting company, Dr. Aldrich was a key leader and fundraiser in the development of The Engineering Center in Boston, which provides meeting facilities and learning resources for several engineering and environmental societies. He also served as president of the Boston and Massachusetts chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He was an active participant in the founding and activities of the Association of Soil and Foundation Engineers (ASFE). A true leader of the profession, both technically and in ethical consulting business practices, Dr. Aldrich received the 2004 Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) award for his lifetime contributions in management presented by the ASCE. 

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