WWOA lost one of its most tenured members recently. Ralph (Rusty) Schroedel passed away on May 28, 2023. Rusty was a 30-year member of WWOA, who frequently gave talks at annual conferences. In addition, Rusty was a routine exhibitor as part of AECOM, and was a member of the WWOA Technical Committee for over 15 years. Rusty will be sorely missed.
Excerpts from his official obituary are presented below.
Rusty was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in April of 1952 and passed away after a brief and courageous battle with cancer on May 28, 2023 at the age of 71. After graduating from Dominican High School, he graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree. He went on to Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois where he received a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering in 1976.
Rusty moved to Sheboygan in 1975, where he started working for the original Donohue & Associates, currently AECOM, and began his career in wastewater treatment engineering. He was very proud that his work helped protect the environment and public health.
Rusty was recognized nationally for his engineering expertise and has been actively involved in many professional organizations. He is Past-President of the Wisconsin Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and Past-President of the Central States Water Environment Association. He is a life member of ASCE, the American Water Works Association, the Water Environment Federation (WEF), and the Wisconsin Wastewater Operators Association. He also achieved the highest recognition of Fellow from WEF in 2016. He has given over 100 technical presentations at conferences and seminars.