Male, born 1912-08-17, died 1978-05-23

Associated with the firm network

Praeger-Kavanagh-Waterbury, Engineers-Architects

Professional History


Of his early career, a web site on Kavanagh published by Penn State University stated: "He became a structural designer, working for engineering firms in Yew [sic] York and Pennsylvania on railway and highway bridges, sanitary plants, industrial structures, transmission towers, power plants, waterfront structures, floating docks, refineries, municipal improvements, investigations, reviews, and adequacy reports. He was an aircraft engineer in World War II." (See Thomas Christian, Penn State, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, "Kavanagh Lecture - Biographical Sketch," accessed 07/17/2018.)

Consulant, Praeger-Maguire, Consulting Engineers, New York, NY, 1953- .

Partner, Praeger-Kavanagh, Consulting Engineers, New York, NY.

Partner, Praeger-Kavanagh-Waterbury, Consulting Engineers, New York, NY -1969. Praeger-Kavanagh-Waterbury was purchased by the engineering firm, United Research Services, (URS), in 1969.

Vice-President, Louis Berger International, Engineers, Morristown, NJ,1975-1976. While with Louis Berger, Kavanagh worked on large-scale engineering projects in Cyprus and Lagos, Nigeria.

Partner, Iffland Kavanagh Waterbury, PC, Engineers-Architects-Planners, New York, NY, 1976-1978.


Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering, New York University (NYU), New York, NY.

Professor, Pennsylvania State College (Penn State), State College, PA, 1948; Kavanagh became Head of Penn State's Structures Department.

Professor/Chairman, Civil Engineering, New York University (NYU), New York, NY, 1952- .

Adjunct Professor, New York University (NYU), New York, NY, -1956.

Adjunct Professor, Columbia University, New York, NY.

Professional Activities

Junior Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE),1933-1947.

Associate Member, ASCE, 1947-1952.

Member, ASCE, 1952-1978.

Life Member, ASCE, 1978-

Member, National Academy of Engineering, Council, 1964- .

Treasurer, National Academy of Engineering, 1964-1974.

Member, Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, 1970s.

Professional Awards

Fellow, ASCE, 1959.

Recipient, ASCE, Ernest E. Howard Award.

Recipient, City College of New York (CCNY), David Steinman Medal for Structural Engineering, New York, NY.

Recipient, Architectural League of New York, Gold Medal, New York, NY.

Recipient, New York Academy of Sciences, Honorary Life Membership.



Coursework, Technological University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 1 year.

B.S., Civil Engineering, City College of New York (CCNY), New York, NY.

M.S., Civil Engineering, City College of New York (CCNY), New York, NY.

M.B.A., Finance, New York University, New York, NY.


Phi Beta Kappa, City College of New York (CCNY), New York, NY.



His father was an Irish immigrant, Patrick F. Kavanagh; his mother was a German immigrant, Anna C. Unger


He married Kerstin E. Berglund.


He and Kerstin Berglun had three children.

Associated Locations

PCAD id: 7931