Elected January 1987

Ward K. Parr



An internationally recognized leader in asphalt paving technology, Mr. Parr devoted over 50 years to the betterment of the Asphalt Paving Industry.


Graduating from the University of Michigan in 1933 with a Bachelor of Science of Engineering degree in Chemical Engineering, he joined the Michigan State Highway Department as a chemist in the Bituminous and Chemical Section, and in 1938 was appointed Chief Chemist. In 1946, he was engineer of Field Testing and in 1949 was appointed Dierctor of the Michigan State Highway Testing Laboratory. In 1955, he was appointed to the academic staff of the University of Michigan in the College of Engineering and for nine years taught graduate and undergraduate courses in materials, bituminous pavements and highway engineering. He also supervised graduate and doctoral students in advanced research in these area and served as a consultant to the Michigan State Highway Department, as well as the Ontario (Canada) Department of Highways and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commision. In 1964 Mr. Parr resigned his academic appointment and joined Chicago Testing Laboratory, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, as Vice President, serving in this capacity until his retirement in 1977.


A registered Professional engineer in Michigan, Mr. Parr was elected to membership in the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists (AAPT) in 1943 and became a life member in 1973. He was appointed Executive Secretary-Treasurer of AAPT in 1948 and served in this capacity until 1964, editing volumes 18 though 38 of the organization's Annual Proceedings. He served as Director-at -Large of AAPT in 1965 and 1969, was elected Vice President in 1970 and 1971 and President in 1972.


Mr. Parr was also a member of Tau Beta Pi, Chi Epilson, a National and Michigan Society of professional Engineers, Transportation Research Board, and American Society for Testing and Materials.


The author or co-author of a number of technical papers dealing with asphalt technology and speaker at many meetings and conferences, Mr. Parr was also involved with the National Asphalt Pavement Association in initial studies of bot storage bins and the testing and evaluation of the first mixing facility studies carried out at Port Ludlow, Washington. He has received many awards and citations for his contributions to the Asphalt Paving Industry including the Prevost Hubbard Award from ASTM, Distinguished Service Award of the Michigan County Road Association, first recipient of the Asphalt Institute's Distinguished Service Award of the Michigan County Road Association, first recipient of the Asphalt Institute's Distinguished Service Award, and Honorary Membership in AAPT.