2009 Honorary Members

Jo Coke

 Jo Coke retired in 2000 from the Fibermesh Division of SI Corporation (now Propex) in Chattanooga, TN. She is the President of the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, President of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Guild, and Chair of her 50th reunion at Wellesley College.

She joined ACI in 1974, was elected a Fellow in 1987, served on the Board of Direction from 1989 to 1992, was Vice President from 1997 to 1999, and was the first female President of the Institute from 1999 to 2000.

Coke was certified in the first Kansas class for ACI Certified Testing Technicians in 1983, chaired the Membership Committee from 1992 to 1996, and is a former member of the ACI Financial Advisory, Certification, and Convention Committees. She was influential in establishing the ACI Marketing Committee and was a principal author of the 2001 Strategic Plan. Coke is a past member of ACI Committees 234, Silica Fume in Concrete; 325, Concrete Pavements; 330, Concrete Parking Lots and Site Paving; 345, Concrete Bridge Construction, Maintenance, and Repair; 362, Parking Structures; 371, Elevated Tanks with Concrete Pedestals; and 506, and Shotcreting.

She is Past President of the ACI Kansas and Northeast Texas Chapters, and was elected Distinguished Chapter Member of the latter in 2001.

Coke received her BA from Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, in 1959 and her MS in industrial management from the University of Dallas, Dallas, TX, in 1976, with membership in Sigma Iota Epsilon Honorary Management Society.

C. Terry Dooley

C. Terry Dooley is the Secretary of the Board of Directors and full-time volunteer of the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area. This program has given career direction to nearly 1,000 inner-city high school students. He founded this affiliate of the national ACE program and has been active in its growth since he retired in 2002.

Prior to 2002, Dooley spent 21 years as an officer of Morley Builders, Santa Monica, CA. This was preceded by 26 years with Bethlehem Steel Corporation. During his last years there, he was the Contracting Manager and was responsible for contracting construction work in the southwestern U.S.

Dooley served on the ACI Board of Direction from 1994 to 1997. He is a member of ACI Committee 369, Seismic Repair and Rehabilitation, was Vice-Chair and Chair of the Concrete Research and Education Foundation (CONREF) from 1995 to 1998, and is a past member of the Publications Committee. He is also a Fellow and Life Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

He received the ACI Roger H. Corbetta Concrete Constructor Award in 1998. In addition, he received the Sam Hobbs Award for Professional Achievement in 1991 and Honorary Membership in 2002 from the ACI Southern California Chapter.

Dooley received his BA in English and philosophy from St. John's University, Collegeville, MN, in 1951; his BS in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, in 1954; and his ME in engineering executive programs from the University of California, Los Angeles, CA, in 1969.

Jacob S. Grossman

Jacob S. Grossman is the President and CEO of Rosenwasser/Grossman Consulting Engineers, P.C., and personally directs design and research projects for the firm. He joined the firm in 1957 after several years of design practice in Los Angeles, CA. During his professional career, he has been involved in the design of nearly 1000 concrete and steel structures.

 He is a Fellow and a past member of the ACI Board of Direction. He has completed 23 years of service as a member of ACI Committee 318, Structural Concrete Building Code (he continued serving as a consulting member for an additional 8 years); is a member of ACI Committee 369, Seismic Repair and Rehabilitation; and served for 10 years on ACI Committee, 435, Deflection of Concrete Building Structures, and Joint ACI-ASCE Committee 442, Response of Concrete Buildings to Lateral Forces (discharged).

Grossman was a consultant to the Applied Technology Council (ATC33) developing "NEHRP Guidelines for the Seismic Rehabilitation of Building" (FEMA 273, 274). He was a member of the Advisory Panel of Consulting Engineers for the Cornell/Buffalo National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) project on Seismic Strengthening Methodologies for RC Frame Buildings, and has served as a consultant for NCEER/SUNY Buffalo et al. on System Response (testing and analysis). He was also a private sector panel reviewer of ICSSC RP4, "Standards of Seismic Safety for Existing Federally Owned or Leased Buildings."

Grossman has received numerous awards, including the ACI Maurice P. Van Buren Structural Engineering Award in 1987 and the ACI Alfred E. Lindau Award in 1989. He was honored by the Korean Institute of Construction Engineering and Management (KICEM) with a Certificate of Appreciation in 2000 and the Leader of Industry Award from the Concrete Industry Board of New York in 2001. In 2007, he was made Honorary Member of the Structural Engineering Association of New York.

William S. Phelan

William S. Phelan is Senior Vice President of Marketing and Technical Services for The Euclid Chemical Company. He has been with Euclid for 33 years.

An ACI member since 1962 and a Fellow since 1987, Phelan serves as Chair of ACI Committee 212, Chemical Admixtures; and is a member of ACI Committees 117, Tolerances; 302, Construction of Concrete Floors; 308, Curing Concrete; and the ACI Strategic Development Council Executive Committee. He is also a member of ASTM International Committees C09.22, Materials Applied to New Concrete Surfaces; C09.23, Chemical Admixtures; and C09.47, Self-Consolidating Concrete.

Phelan has received numerous awards, including the Samuel A. Face Jr. Award presented by the Face Companies for outstanding accomplishments in and contributions to the art and science of high quality horizontal concrete construction in 2005 and the Distinguished Leaders of the Industry from The Concrete Industry Board, Inc., in 2007. During the CANMET-ACI International Conference in 2006, he was honored for sustained and outstanding contributions in the general area of chemical admixtures. He has presented several seminars at World of Concrete and has published numerous articles in Concrete International, Concrete Construction, and Structures magazines.

He received his BS in civil engineering from the University of Detroit, Detroit, MI.

Basile G. Rabbat

Basile G. Rabbat is the Manager of Structural Codes, Portland Cement Association (PCA), Skokie, IL. He has been with PCA for 33 years. For the last 24 years, he has represented PCA in the development and modification of structural concrete codes and standards.

An ACI Fellow since 1988, Rabbat was a member of the ACI Board of Direction from 2003 to 2005. He is a member and Past Chair of ACI Committee 215, Fatigue of Concrete, and served as Secretary of ACI Committee 318, Structural Concrete Building Code. He is a member of the ACI Technical Activities Committee (TAC) Code Committee and ACI Committee E601, Seminar Oversight. He received the ACI Delmar L. Bloem Distinguished Service Award in 1997. He is a Life Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and a Fellow of the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI).

Rabbat develops and disseminates design information related to concrete structures, and has authored and co-authored over 50 papers and reports related to the behavior and design of structural concrete. Since 1989, he has been responsible for the update of PCA Notes on ACI 318 Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete with Design Applications to conform to each new edition of the Code. Following publication of each new edition of the ACI 318 Building Code, he prepares slides and is a primary speaker at a 1-day seminar to inform code users on the new building code changes. These seminars, which are presented in cities across the U.S., are jointly sponsored by ACI and PCA.

Rabbat received his BSc in civil engineering from Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt, in 1967, and his MASc and PhD in structural engineering from the University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada, in 1970 and 1975, respectively. He is a licensed structural engineer in Illinois.