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Elected May 1988

Jon W. Kelly

1919-1977

 

A native of EL Reno, Oklahoma, Mr. Kelly served in the Armed Forces during World War II in the European Theatre as a Captain and also spent two years with the Corps of Engineers in charge of laboratory testing materials. Following discharge, he attended Oklahoma State University, graduating in 1946 with a B.S. degree in Engineering with major study in asphalt paving design.

 

He began his career by spending a year with Standard Paving of Tulsa, then two years as co-owner of Sampson Testing Lab. In 1950, he cofounded Imperial Paving Company, which he operated as General Manager until the firm was dissolved in 1960. Later that same year, he and partner W.D. Amis founded the Amis & Kelly Construction Company, where Mr. Kelly served as President and General Manager until his death in 1977. 

 

Mr. Kelly was in important member of the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) throughout his career, serving as the second President from 1958 to 1960, when the organization was known as the National Bituminous Concrete Association (NBCA), and was a Member of the Board of Directors. He held a lifelong interest in and devotion to higher quality standards for the production and placement of Hot Mix Asphalt Pavement, and was the architect and founder of the Quality Inprovement Program established in 1960 by NAPA. In 1975, he was selected as NAPA's "Man of the Year."

 

Mr. Kelly was an important member of the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) throughout his career, serving as the second President from 1958 to 1960, when the organization was known as the National Bituminous Concrete Association (NBCA), and was a Member of the Board of Directors. He held a lifelong interest in and devotion to higher quality standards for the production and placement of Hot Mix Asphalt Pavement, and was the architect and founder of the Quality Improvement Program established in 1960 by NAPA. In 1975, he was selected as NAPA's "Man of the Year."

 

Other business affiliations included terms as President of Oklahoma Associated General Contractors (1973) and the Contractors Division of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, where he also served as a Board Member, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Asphalt Pavement Association, 1971-77.

 

Mr. Kelly was also co-author of the first Claims Procedure used by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.