Distinguished Women of Past and Present

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Elsie Eaves


Elsie Eaves was born in Idaho Springs, Colorado, U.S.A. in 1898. She received a B.S. degree in civil engineering in 1920 from the University of Colorado in Boulder. Afterwards, she worked for the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads, the Colorado State Highway Department, and the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad.

In 1927, she was the first woman admitted to full membership to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). In 1945, she became the manager of Business News and continued until retirement in 1963. After retiring, she became an adviser to the National Commission on Urban Affairs on the subject of housing costs. She also advised the International Executive Service Corps about construction costs in Iran.

She was the fist woman to be admitted to the American Association of Cost Engineers in 1957. In 1974, she received the George Norlin Silver Medal, the highest alumni award given by the University of Colorado and, in 1979, she was the first woman to receive an honorary lifetime membership to the ASCE. Elsie Eaves died March 27, 1983 in Roslyn, New York.

Contributed by Danuta Bois, 1996.

The Book of Women's Firsts: Breakthrough Achievements of Almost 1,000 American Women by Phyllis J. Read and Bernard L. Witlieb, Random House, 1992

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