Individuals who have contributed to the NCUTCD in an outstanding manner may be designated as “Honorary Members” by the Executive Board. Generally, this membership designation is given to individuals who have served in a leadership role as Members, Associate Members or Technical Members over a period of at least 20 years. The following individuals currently are designated as Honorary Members (click on their names to learn more):
George Butzer (June 2007)
George retired after 27 years as City of Columbus, Ohio Traffic Engineer followed by serving as Deputy Director of the Ohio Department of Transportation until his first retirement. He spent an additional 16 years in consulting until his second retirement. The year 2021 is Bruce’s 42nd year on the NCUTCD Signals Technical Committee (STC). He served as Vice Chair for Programs (including Chairman of the Edit Committee) of the NCUTCD from 1998 to 2002 and Chair of Signals 1992-1998.
Bruce’s favorite part of being on the NCUTCD is the ability to spend a day discussing, and sometimes disagreeing, with my fellow Signals members (even being on the losing side of a vote or two) on issues, then going for a drink and dinner with them. The discussions have always been issue oriented and never got personal. Much has changed over the years as technology advances have forced us to keep the MUTCD relevant to the technology. Many of his closest friends are or have been members of the NC. Since his second “retirement”, Bruce was an Adjunct Instructor for Northwestern University teaching their Traffic Engineering Short Courses and is now the CEO for his son’s start up cyber security business. Bruce and his wife love to travel and have found that they also enjoy cruises, having taken 16 since 2001.
“We pretty much do whatever else we want to,” George says.
Bob Garrett (January 2020)
After serving in the Marine Corps during the Korean War, Bob earned his CE degree. During his career, Bob worked for a county, contractor, and then started working for associations. Bob was the Chief Engineer with the Calcium Chloride Institute, then a Division Engineer with ARBA (later ARTBA). In 1980, he became the Executive Director of ATSSA. After retiring from ATSSA in 1998, Bob became the NCUTCD Executive Secretary and served in that capacity until 2020.
Although his long professional career has been fantastic, Bob says that the most outstanding part of his life has been my family. Bob and his wife Donna have been married for 63 years in early 2021 and have been blessed with five children, 15 grandchildren and soon to be nine great grandchildren. Counting spouses, there are now 42
members of their family, all of whom get along very well and love each other.
“What more could you ask of this life?” Bob asks.
Thomas Hicks (January 2013)
Tom Hicks was the first state traffic engineer for Oklahoma DOT. He attended his first NJC meeting in 1962. Tom was the director of the Maryland State Highway Administration Office of Traffic and Safety from 1969 to 2012. He was the recipient of national recognition awards from three separate NCUTCD sponsoring organizations: 1990 National Safety Award from ATSSA, 1999 Theodore M. Matson Memorial Award from ITE, and 2007 John Landen Memorial Award from ARTBA. Tom as chair of C&M (TTC predecessor) 1976-1990 and Vice Chair – Programs for NCUTCD from 2002-2012.
Tom believes that, “Understanding human factors is our greatest need.”
Bruce Ibarguen (January 2014)
Bruce retired as the State Traffic Engineer for Maine DOT in 2013, having been in that position for 20 years. He had 43 years of service with Maine DOT, all in Traffic Engineering. Bruce became a member of the National Committee in 1994. He chaired RWSTC from 2003-2013. One of Bruce’s fondest memories of working on the MUTCD was when the major change to create “Standard, Guidance, Option and Support” was implemented. Chairman Gene Hawkins, who was secretary for RW at that time, and Bruce worked until 3:00 am on the changes to the sign sections. Bruce says, “It was a rewarding experience!”
Since retiring, Bruce and his wife Ann have enjoyed trips to the Grand Canyon, San Francisco, Yosemite, as well as Spain and Italy. Bruce says, “May the 2021 MUTCD be quickly published. It is a huge step in the right direction for all practitioners!”
- Ken Kobetsky (January 2010)
- Richard Luettich (January 2003)
- James Pline (January 2004)
- David Kuemmel (January 2003) – Emeritus (June 2015)
- John Logan (June 2014) – Emeritus (August 2014), Deceased
- Ray Pusey (June 2014) – Emeritus (June 2018), Deceased
- Carlton (Robbie) Robertson (Janury 2002) – Emeritus (January 2014), Deceased
Honorary Member Nominations:
Nominations should be sent or emailed to the selection committee chair at the following address:
Pline Engineering, Inc.
2510 Fry Circle
Boise, ID 84704