1976 Distinguished Service Award: Clifford Betts

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Denver, Colorado

For his outstanding work in hydraulics and water resources.

Born, Norwalk, Connecticut, September 12, 1889.

Ph.B. Yale University.

Civil Engineer 1913, University of Wisconsin.

Early in his professional career he held engineering positions in Norwalk and Bridgeport, Connecticut. He left the East to take an engineering position for the City of Portland, Oregon, and then served for a short period as Chief Engineer of the Cummings-Moberly Lumber Company. In 1919 he joined the U. S. Forest Service in Denver, Colorado, as an engineer on the Fraser River, Williams Fork and Blue River projects and later as the Office Engineer for the Moffat Tunnel Commission. In 1928 he joined the Bureau of Reclamation for six years as engineer on the Owyhee Dam project. Subsequently he held various positions with the U. S. Forest Service in Washington. D. C. for more than 20 years. After leaving government service in 1954 he joined the engineering firm of Alvord, Burdick and Howson before becoming an independent consultant in 1956.

Memberships in technical and honorary societies include American Society of Civil Engineers (past President of the Washington, D. C., Section), Washington Society of Engineers (past President), Colorado Society of Engineers (past Director), D. C. Council of Engineering and Architects Association (past Chairman), and Washington Academy of Sciences. The American Society of Civil Engineers presented him with the Thomas Fitch Rowland Prize in 1932 for his work on the Moffat Tunnel and with the Civil Engineering History and Heritage Award in 1975. In 1954 and again in 1975 he received the Annual Award of the Washington Society of Engineers. In 1973 he became an Honorary member of Chi Epsilon at the University of Colorado and in 1966 he received the Wisconsin Alumni Association Spark Plug Award.