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Thomas J. Blair

Thomas Blair




  • BSCE, VPI, 1955
  • MS, VPI

Thomas J. Blair is a 1955 graduate with a BSCE from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. After being honorably discharged as a commissioned officer from the U.S. Corps of Engineers, he obtained his master's from VPI as well.

Blair was also a commissioned officer of the Construction Grants Section of the United States Public Health Service. He provided technical assistance services to local political jurisdictions in the development of wastewater facilities under P.L. 660 Construction Grants Program.

Blair also worked as a project engineer with Kelley, Gidley, & Staub, where he was responsible for the preparation of water and wastewater facilities plans and specification, coordination of the Department of Health and Department of Natural Resources design reviews, and the supervision of rights-of-way acquisitions.

He later became president of Kelley, Gidley, Blair & Wolfe, and worked actively with the Public Service Commission hearings and municipal financing for public works projects.

In addition to his professional engineering efforts, Blair has received many distinguished awards, including American Water Works Association Utility Man of the Year in 1969 and West Virginia Society of Professional Engineers Engineer of the Year 1983.

He also served as chairman of the WVU College of Engineering Visiting Committee.

Blair is a consulting engineer in real estate management and development.