Albert Bast of AECOM on behalf of T. Wallace Hawkes, Steven High on behalf of his grandfather Sanford H. High, James D. Pitcock, Jr., and Dr. C. Michael Walton


Six transportation leaders and innovators Oct. 1 were inducted into the ARTBA Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF) “Hall of Fame.” The ceremony took place here during the second day of the association’s annual national convention in Philadelphia.

Launched in 2010, the Hall of Fame honors individuals or families from the public and private sectors who have made extraordinary contributions to the U.S. transportation industry development during their careers. A panel of industry journalists reviewed nominees in two transportation design and construction categories: innovators, who discover or create “game changing” products or processes; and leaders, who have advanced the interests and image of the transportation industry beyond their own careers.

Here are the new inductees:

  • Innovator: T. Wallace Hawkes (posthumously), past senior vice president and director of transportation of URS Corporation;
  • Innovator: Sanford H. High (posthumously), founder of High Welding Company in Lancaster, Pennsylvania;
  • Leader: Dr. C. Michael Walton, the Ernest H. Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin;
  • Leader: U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, (posthumously), the Democratic Congressman from Minnesota served from 1975 to 2011, including chairmanship of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, 2007-2011; 
  • Leader: Horatio S. Earle (posthumously), former Michigan highway commissioner, founder of the American Road Makers (today’s ARTBA) and the first to propose a network of interstate highway; and 
  • Leader: James D. Pitcock, Jr., chief executive officer of Williams Brothers Construction Company in Houston.

Earle and Pitcock were announced last year, but not inducted until this week.

Learn more about the inductees in this video.

And see how Hall of Fame inductees will be enshrined in a combination physical and virtual display at ARTBA’s headquarters building in Washington, D.C.