FARMINGTON HILLS, MICH. — The American Concrete Institute (ACI) announced on Monday the passing of its president, Richard D. Stehly, on Sept. 18, 2010, after enjoying one of his favorite pastimes, hockey, with teammates and friends.
Stehly, who was a member of ACI since 1980, was elected president of the Institute in March 2010. During his short time as president, he championed several ACI initiatives in sustainable development regarding the use of concrete. He was a recent chair of the Board Advisory Committee on Sustainable Development and had been extremely involved regarding the EPA’s proposed regulation of fly ash disposal, and even testified on ACI’s behalf in July before the U.S. House Committee on Small Business, Subcommittee on Rural Development, Entrepreneurship, and Trade.
Stehly was a member of numerous ACI committees including ACI committees 130, Sustainability of Concrete; 318 WA, International Workshop – Structural Concrete in the Americas; Financial Advisory Committee; and Seminar Oversight Committee. He served on the ACI Board of Direction and the Executive Committee. Additionally, he was an officer of the ACI Foundation and Creative Association Management, ACI’s for-profit subsidiary, and served on the Editorial Review Panel of the U.S. Green Concrete Council.
A Fellow of ACI, Stehly was a past chair of the Chapter Activities Committee and was a member of the Task Group on International Strategy, which led to the formation of the International Committee, for which he served as the first chair.
Stehly was a principal of American Engineering Testing, Inc., based in Minneapolis, and was a licensed civil engineer in Minnesota and Wisconsin. He received a BS degree in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota. He worked as an intern at Twin City Testing, Minneapolis, while a college junior and was hired as a field engineer after graduation. He became project engineer, chief engineer, and eventually president of the firm. In 1988, he joined the Anchor Block Co., one of the few block makers using the autoclave process, as president. He then returned to the testing business by founding American Engineering Testing with three others in December 1989. He started American Petrographic Services in 1990. The businesses currently have 15 offices and 300 employees.