RALEIGH, N.C. — Ed Vick, Jr., retired chairman of Kimley-Horn and Associates, died on May 13, 2011. He was one of the founders of Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc., a Raleigh-based engineering, planning, and environmental consulting firm. As president from 1972 to 1992 and as chairman from 1992 to 2000, Vick directed the continual expansion of Kimley-Horn’s services, which today include national and international engineering, planning, and environmental services for transportation and land development. The firm, founded in 1967, currently employs more than 1,500 people and has offices in seventeen states. In 2011, Kimley-Horn was ranked 23rd among pure design firms and 14th among transportation firms in the nation, according to Engineering News-Record.
Prior to starting Kimley-Horn, Vick worked from 1960 to 1967 for Harland Bartholomew & Associates, Inc. He was a graduate of North Carolina State University, where he received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering. During his 40-year career, he provided traffic engineering services and developed transportation plans, master plans, and functional planning across the Southeast. Vick was a former registered professional engineer in 15 states as well as a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Vick’s contributions to the transportation engineering field extended to his role as a leader in professional and technical societies. He was a member of many organizations, including the American Consulting Engineers Council, the American Planning Association, the American Society of Civil Engineers (fellow), the Institute of Transportation Engineers (fellow), the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Professional Services Management Association, and the Urban Land Institute. He is also a past member of the Board of Directors of the NCSU Engineering Foundation and, at the time of his death, was serving on the Board of Trustees of NCSU’s Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science, The Meredith College Board of Trustees, and the Board of Trustees of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Foundation, as well as the NCSU Board of Visitors. He was the recipient of numerous awards, including the North Carolina State University Distinguished Engineering Alumnus and the NC Society of Engineers Outstanding Achievement Award, and in 2007 was inducted into the North Carolina Transportation Hall of Fame.
He is survived by his wife, three daughters, and nine grandchildren.