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Mar.4, 2009

Vol. 109, No. 9


Richard Q. Praeger ’49

Published in the Mar.4, 2009, issue

Rick died April 22, 2008. He was 83.

He prepared for Princeton at St. John’s Preparatory School in Brooklyn and served in the Navy in the Pacific theater before transferring to Princeton from Rensselaer. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering with honors and later received a master’s degree from NYU. At Princeton, Rick was a member of Cap and Gown Club.

Rick’s career began in the engineering and architecture firm of Praeger, Kavanagh & Waterbury, where he became managing partner for the design and construction of Shea Stadium. During his career he served as the 50th president of the American Institute of Consulting Engineers and was a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He also was an avid collector of rare books and a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America. He owned and operated Transition Books in San Francisco, a bookstore for rare books, for many years.

Rick was predeceased by his first wife and two children. He is survived by a son, Richard; a daughter, Susan P. Bernhardt; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. The class extends sincere sympathy to them on their loss.

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