L.R. (Dick) Newby

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Dick Newby, ALS
Known for Principal in Walker Newby land surveying firm

Leonard Richard (Dick) Newby, beloved husband of Mrs. Doreen Newby of Calgary, passed away at his home on November 6, 1995 at the age of 71 years.

Dick was born in Calgary in 1924 and attended Western Canada High. He was in the RCAF from 1943 to 1946. During his time in the Air Force, Dick earned his flight engineer and navigator status as well as his pilot's wings.

Upon returning from the war, he attended the University of Alberta where he graduated with a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering in 1951. Then in 1952 Dick became an Alberta Land Surveyor.

Dick worked for various firms gaining experience in his chosen field between 1951 to 1955. Walker Newby, a municipal engineering and land surveying firm, was formed in 1955, with Dick being a founder and principal in the firm.

In 1961 Dick moved from Edmonton to Calgary to set up the Calgary office of Walker Newby. Dick became a member of APEGGA in 1954 and was awarded a lifetime membership in April of 1995. Over Dick's years of service to APEGGA, he participated in many committees and was awarded the L.C. Charlesworth Award for his outstanding service to APEGGA.

While Dick Newby devoted most of his career to municipal engineering, he gave support to the surveying profession. Due to his experience with APEGGA, he was consulted with respect to changes to the Land Surveyors Act and other matters.

When contentious issues were being discussed, Dick would make a point of attending regional meetings and conventions and was never reluctant to offer an opinion.

Over the years Dick Newby also supported the survey profession in other ways by sponsoring land surveyor attendance at seminars and conventions.

Dick also was pleased to be part of setting up the Walker, Newby and Associates Ltd. Award in Geomatics Engineering which is given out each year to a student at the University of Calgary.

Dick was very active in his firm until his retirement in 1994. Following his retirement, Dick struggled with great courage as his health declined. Dick will be missed by his family and the engineering and surveying community.

B.R. Wetter, ALS