The cement industry is mourning the death of Richard D. Stehly, president of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), who passed away suddenly on Saturday. Stehly was a member of ACI since 1980 and was elected president in March of this year.
Stehly was a principal of American Engineering Testing Inc., based in Minneapolis, and was a licensed civil engineer in Minnesota and Wisconsin. He received a BS degree in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota. He worked as an intern at Twin City Testing in Minneapolis while in college and was hired as field engineer after graduation. He became project engineer, chief engineer and eventually president of the firm.
In 1988, Stehly joined the Anchor Block Co., one of the few block makers using the autoclave process, as president. He then returned to the testing business in 1989 by co-founding American Engineering Testing with three others. He started American Petrographic Services in 1990. The businesses currently have 15 offices and 300 employees.