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Harry L. Gidley

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Harry K. Gidley received his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from WVU in 1929 and his MSSE at the University of North Carolina in 1949.

From 1930 to 1934, he served as assistant sanitary engineer for the West Virginia Department of Health, focusing on public water systems.

In 1935, Gidley was employed by Barry County, Michigan, and performed inspection duties on municipal water systems.

The next year he returned to the West Virginia Department of Health, and served as principal sanitary engineer, responsible for approval of water supply source development, treatment plant designs, inspection of water treatment plants and examining and licensing of water treatment plant operators.

In 1955, Gidley founded the consulting engineering practice that eventually became the firm of Kelley, Gidley, Blair & Wolfe, Inc., headquartered in Charleston.

He continued in this capacity until his retirement.