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Robert G. McCall

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Robert G. McCall graduated from WVU in 1935 with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering.

McCall's career in environmental health began with the Brooke County Health Department. He was with the State Health Department until 1943 when he entered the Army and served as a sanitary engineer officer until 1945.

He returned to the State Health Department until recalled to the Army at the start of the Korean War. He remained until retiring as a colonel in 1969.

This period of service included exceptional professional and service opportunities. Major activities included chief, sanitary engineering section, Army Medical Service Corps; consultant for environmental health engineering to the Army Surgeon General for 10 years; liaison officer for the Surgeon General to the Committees on Sanitary Engineering and Environment, National Research Council, the National Institute of Health and the National Sanitation Foundation; nine years as director of engineering, U.S. Army Environmental Hygiene Agency, which provided Army-wide consultation and special studies.

Upon retirement from the Army in 1969, McCall returned to the West Virginia State Health Department in Charleston as director, Office of Environmental Health Services, where he remained until his retirement in 1980. He became secretary, and later, chairman of this organization. He then served as the state representative on the National Drinking Water Advisory Council to the EPA.

From 1977-1979 he was a trustee for the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. He was elected as West Virginia's National Director for the American Water Works Association in 1978, and later became a trustee on the AWWA Water Quality Division.

Since his state retirement in 1980, he was a special consultant to Kelley, Gidley, Blair and Wolfe, Consulting Engineer until 1997 and then to Thrasher Engineering until August 1998.