Long-time ARTBA Director Arthur M. Dinitz passed away peacefully at his home in Westport, Connecticut, on Aug. 28 after a valiant battle with cancer. He was 81.
Arthur will be remembered as the founder of New York-based Transpo Industries, Inc., a leading company focused on transportation safety products and infrastructure preservation materials. An industry pioneer, Arthur was recognized as one of “America’s Top 100 Private Sector Transportation Design & Construction Industry Professionals of the 20th Century” by the ARTBA Foundation in 2004. He took great pride in the fact that the company he built helped saved thousands of lives.
In addition to his service on the ARTBA Board of Directors, Dinitz was a member on the AASHTO-ARTBA-AGC Joint Committee for many years, served several terms on the board of ARTBA’s Traffic Safety Industry Division (TSID), and was the 2002 recipient of the TSID’s John “Jake” Landen Memorial Safety Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to highway safety.
Dinitz also was honored with the National Academy of Science (NAS) Transportation Research Board (TRB) National Roadside Safety Award in 2006. To quote the NAS TRB Committee chair, the award was given “in recognition and appreciation of almost four decades of services to and leadership of the roadside safety community; for his visionary leadership of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Official’s Task Force 13, including support for the development of an industry-wide laboratory accreditation; for development of breakaway coupler systems that have saved countless lives over the last two decades; and for his contributions to the development of improved barrier delineation systems and high friction materials for use on bridge decks. His unwavering dedication to highway safety and industry leadership has reduced highway injuries and fatalities across the nation. The benefits of his efforts will continue to accrue for many years to come.”
In a statement, Arthur’s family noted: “His quick smile, hardy handshake and bear hugs will be missed by all. He was able to command both respect and emanate warmth to all those he met. The field of transportation safety was the driving force in his life and he cherished the friends he made over the decades of service regardless of affiliation, competition or partnership.”
ARTBA extends its condolences to Arthur’s wife, Eleanor, his children Andrew Dinitz and Karen Dinitz and his step-children Wendy Owens and Jeff Fuhrman, his nine grandchildren and many close friends. He was predeceased by his first wife Linda P. Dinitz.
In lieu of flowers, the Dinitz family has asked that gifts in Arthur’s memory be made to the ARTBA Foundation Transportation Safety Program at 1219 28th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007.