By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBAGlen Barton

Glen Barton, 77, former chairman and CEO of Caterpillar Inc., died Oct. 21. No cause of death was provided in a company release. Barton retired in 2004 after nearly 43 years with the Peoria, Ill.-headquartered firm.

“The Caterpillar family is extremely saddened by Glen’s passing,” Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman said. “Glen’s legacy of leadership extends far beyond Caterpillar’s walls. His commitment to Peoria and our communities was remarkable.”

Barton, a native of Alton, Mo., joined Caterpillar in 1961 as a graduate trainee from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He held numerous marketing and general management positions over the decades, including duties overseas. He became chairman and CEO in February 1999, succeeding Donald V. Fites.

 In a chapter introduction for ARTBA’s centennial book, “Are We There Yet? Building America’s Transportation Infrastructure Network,” Barton wrote in 2002: “It could be said that the greatest construction project in history—our interstate highway system—was and still is anchored by the heavy equipment industry.”  Those words still ring true today as the nation’s commemorates the 60th anniversary of that Interstate system.

 Barton is survived by his wife, Polly, four children and nine grandchildren. ARTBA extends its condolences to his family and the firm.