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Henry A. Thrasher, Sr.

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For more than 40 years, Henry Thrasher utilized his education and experience to contribute to the growth of infrastructure throughout his home state of West Virginia.

Thrasher was a native of Clarksburg. After graduation from Washington Irving High School in 1940, he attended West Virginia University's College of Engineering, receiving his degree in civil engineering.

He accelerated his studies at WVU and graduated in three years due to his desire to serve his country during World War II.

After receiving his degree, Thrasher enlisted in the United States Navy and rose to the rank of captain.

He served as captain of his own naval ship, transporting both troops and supplies to Europe and Asia.

At the end of his military service, Thrasher went to work for Standard Oil Company as construction manager, overseeing the construction of the company's corporate headquarters in Whiting, Illinois.

He was employed and served as a partner and chief engineer with Hornor Brothers Engineers in Clarksburg. In 1983, he and his son, H. Wood Thrasher, also a West Virginia University civil engineering graduate, founded Thrasher Engineering, Inc.

Thrasher served as President of the firm and was involved in its management until his death in 1997.

In addition to his career in engineering, Thrasher was an active participant in both professional and community organizations.

He and his wife, the late Hester Newlon Thrasher, were the parents of three children: John Allen and Margaret Ann, both of who are deceased, and H. Wood Thrasher, who now serves as president of Thrasher Engineering.