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Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 101 History

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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 101

(By Delegates Iaquinta, Cann, Fragale and Miley)

 

 

 

Requesting that bridge number 17-20-1.14 on Route 20 in Harrison County, West Virginia, be named the “John Charles Giese Memorial Bridge.”

    Whereas, John Charles Giese was born on October 21, 1926 in St. Petersburg, Florida and passed away on March 12, 2011; and

    Whereas, John Charles Giese graduated in 1950 from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering; and

    Whereas, Immediately following graduation, John Charles Giese accepted a postgraduate internship with the American Bridge Company in Ambridge, Pennsylvania as a Structural Detailer and later accepted a position with Bridge and Marine Test Branch at Fort Belvoir, in Virginia testing military bridges; and

    Whereas, In 1955 John Charles Giese moved to West Virginia working as a bridge engineer with the firm of Frank McEnteer; and

    Whereas, In 1957 John Charles Giese opened his own firm, John C. Giese Engineers, Inc., in Clarksburg and continued working on Interstate 81; and

    Whereas, John Charles Giese designed the first full cloverleaf in West Virginia on Interstate 81; and

    Whereas, John Charles Giese served in the United State Navy and in 2007 was elected to the West Virginia Academy of Civil Engineers; and

    Whereas, During his fifty-eight years as an engineer John Charles Giese designed approximately six hundred bridges in West Virginia; and

    Whereas, John Charles Giese’s wife Sylvia earned her master’s degree at West Virginia University and four of their six children graduated from West Virginia University, their eldest son having received a Masters in Civil Engineering; and

    Whereas, In 2008 John Charles Giese and his wife Sylvia moved to Crystal River, Florida where he passed away; and

    Whereas, John Charles Giese was a member of the Immaculate Conception Parish in Clarksburg and St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Crystal River; and

    Whereas, John Charles Giese served his country and his state with honor and distinction; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to name bridge number 17-20-1.14 on Route 20 in Harrison County, West Virginia the “John Charles Giese Memorial Bridge”; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Commissioner of the Division of Highways is hereby requested to erect signs at both ends of the bridge containing bold and prominent letters proclaiming the bridge the “John Charles Giese Memorial Bridge”; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates, forward a certified copy of this resolution to the Commissioner of the Division of Highways, his loving wife, Sylvia Giese; his daughters, Sylvia G. Casey, Virginia G. Karlsen and Dr. Alexis A. Giese; and his sons, J. Christopher Giese, Patrick Giese and Samuel Giese.

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