During my time as a civil engineering student in Madison in the late 1960s, I received scholarships from the Bates and Rogers Foundation. These scholarships were set up by the late John W. Rogers, president of Bates and Rogers Construction Corp. My grandfather was a UW civil engineering graduate many years ago. I wanted to remember him and the employees of L.G. Arnold Incorporated, the construction company he founded, but long out of business. The scholarships from Bates and Rogers provided an example. I wanted to do the same.
This fall, October 25, was the sixth year I have funded and awarded the L.G. Arnold Memorial Scholarships for civil and environmental engineering students (From left: Chris Facklam, Bridget Geissler, Jeremy Gasser and Matthew Conley). It is particularly meaningful to me that this year two of the recipients, Bridget Geissler and Christopher Facklam, are from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. It is an opportunity for me to give back. L.G. Arnold Incorporated employed more than 400 employees on an annual basis for a number of years, many of which would have come from the Chippewa River Valley. My grandfather spent many of his first years as a civil engineer around Chippewa Falls, many places familiar to Bridget. He worked on the construction of the Lake Wissota Dam and hydroelectric project at Chippewa Falls. The Wissota project was huge in its day, and even today would be a very large project. While at Wissota my grandfather was involved with relocating the Yellow River Bridge to Cobban on the Chippewa River. The now-historic bridge and its relocation are recognized with a state historical marker. During this time period he was also the city engineer for Chippewa Falls. He was involved with the construction of the little Rumbly Bridge, which still stands in Irvine Park. Many years later, L.G. Arnold Incorporated was the general contractor for the Chippewa Falls High School and the Highway 53 Bridge across the Chippewa River. These above words tell it all. This is why I give.”
Dean Arnold (BSCEE '71)
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