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Victor Scottron, emeritus engineering professor, dies

by Alexa Buckwold - August 25, 2008


Victor Scottron, an emeritus professor of civil engineering, died June 17. He was 93.

Scottron, who lived in Storrs, received his doctorate in environmental engineering science from Johns Hopkins University.

A specialist in water resources, Scottron was a member of UConn’s engineering faculty for 37 years. He was a highly respected teacher, researcher, and administrator. Following his retirement in 1985, he continued to pursue his interest in history and technology.

“As one of his former students, I remember him as an inspiring teacher, dedicated to his students and very effective in getting his students to think for themselves,” says Peter McFadden, emeritus professor and a former dean of the School of Engineering.

Scottron authored many technical publications and books on hydraulics and fluid mechanics. He was particularly knowledgeable about canals in Europe.

He was director of both the Institute of Water Resources and the Sea Grant Program at UConn, and a longtime member and leader of the University Senate. He was also president of the national Civil Engineering Honor Society, Chi Epsilon, and an active member of the historical society.

During his career, Scottron received many awards, including the Distinguished Public Service Award from the UConn Alumni Association, and the Benjamin Wright Award, named in recognition of the founder of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

“He was a key member of the University community as well as the faculty of the School of Engineering,” says McFadden, “He brought credit to public higher education.”

Scottron is survived by his wife Kathryn Jan, a daughter, four grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Donations in his memory may be made to The UConn Foundation for the Victor E. Scottron Scholarship Fund, and sent to 2390 Alumni Drive, U-3206, Storrs, CT 06269.


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