Richard D. Stehly, a pillar of the American Concrete Institute for 30 years and its president of six months, died unexpectedly Sept. 18 after playing hockey with friends.
Mr. Stehly’s varied and unflagging efforts on behalf of ACI took him to more than 25 countries in the last three decades. Only days before his death, he had returned from a three-week trip to India, Germany, Italy and Poland, where he attended conferences and forums and met with ACI chapters.
“The untimely passing of my friend and colleague Richard Stehly is a tremendous loss for the concrete industry and for anyone who had the privilege of knowing him and working with him,” said ACI executive vice president Ron Burg, who had made the three-week trip with Mr. Stehly.
“His enthusiasm for the American Concrete Institute and the concrete industry was infectious; and our membership, staff and the entire concrete industry will feel his loss, both personally and professionally.”
Mr. Stehly was elected president of ACI in March and made the most of his brief tenure. He championed several ACI initiatives regarding the use of concrete in sustainable development and recently chaired the Board Advisory Committee on Sustainable Development.
He was also extremely involved in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed regulation of fly ash disposal and testified in July on ACI’s behalf before a House committee.
A Fellow of ACI, Mr. Stehly served on numerous committees and held many leadership positions throughout his years with the association. He was an officer of the ACI Foundation and Creative Association Management, ACI’s for-profit subsidiary.
Engineer, Company Founder
Mr. Stehly got his professional start as an intern at Twin City Testing in Minneapolis, MN, while a junior at the University of Minnesota. Upon his graduation with a BS degree in civil engineering, he joined the company as a field engineer, later working his way up as project engineer, chief engineer and, eventually, president of the firm.
In 1988, Mr. Stehly was named president of the Anchor Block Co. A year later, he returned to the testing business by co-founding American Engineering Testing. In 1990, he started American Petrographic Services. The businesses currently have 15 offices and 300 employees.
A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Oct. 2 at The Church of the Holy Name, 3637 11th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church, as well as 5-8 p.m. Oct. 1 at Gill Brothers Minneapolis Chapel 5801 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis.