In Memoriam: Roy L. Wilson, PE

Jul 20 2017
Roy Laurence Wilson
Roy Laurence Wilson

Roy Laurence Wilson, P.E., 75 who died on July 12, 2017, was a highly respected figure in the field of construction management and a long-time faculty member in the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Columbia.

Roy graduated from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute (now known as NYU Tandon School of Engineering) with a degree in civil engineering and received his MBA from Hofstra University. For close to 40 years he was the owner of Wilson Management Associates, Inc., a prominent consulting firm in New York that specialized in the prevention, preparation and resolution of construction claims throughout the U.S. and abroad.  Roy began his career at Columbia in 1974, teaching a graduate elective course in project management.  In 2000 he became the Director of the Construction Engineering and Management Program, where he expanded the curriculum, recruited faculty members and cultivated stronger ties with the engineering and construction industry. Roy retired from Columbia in 2007 and resettled to an active farm that he and his wife Meg owned and operated in Lee, NH, while continuing to conduct seminars on the topics of construction claims, dispute resolution and project management.

Roy’s students benefitted from a highly effective teaching manner that combined years of practical work experience with passion and a healthy sense of humor. A man of immeasurable kindness and generosity, Roy’s Thanksgiving table typically included international students and other students who could not make it home for the holidays. Among many fond remembrances, his students think of the apples that Roy offered (straight from his farm) during the midterm and the cold brew on ice that he provided after the final.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Mary Ellen (Gibson) “Meg” Wilson of Lee; 3 sons, Ryan John Wilson (Molly Shaw Wilson) of Portsmouth, Morgan Todd Wilson (Donielle Sliwa) of Northampton, MA, and Exequiel Bardales of Lynn, MA; 2 grandchildren, Reid Shaw Wilson and Rowan Casey Wilson; and nephew, Michael Becker.