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Daniel W. Halpin 



Date of Birth:

September 29, 1938



Married On:

June 11, 1961








2490 Legends Way
Crestview Hills, KY 41017






I’ve spent the last thirty years in academe as a Professor and university administrator.  After an extended tour in Vietnam, I separated from the military in Germany and studied at the Technical University in Munich.  I returned to the U. of Illinois and finished my Doctorate in Civil Engineering in 1973.  Since then I have had “tours of duty” at Georgia Tech, at the U. of Maryland where we lived in Bethesda for two years, and my last duty station – Purdue. 

Maria and I have traveled extensively and I’ve been fortunate enough to hold appointments as a visiting professor at the U. of Sydney (Australia), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, and the U. of Karlsruhe.  Maria is from Bad Kissingen, Germany, and we travel to Germany and Europe each summer.   My language facility in German has led to a large number of academic contacts in the German speaking countries as well as Finland, Sweden, Spain, Romania, Hungary, etc.

While at Purdue, I served as Head of the Division of Construction Engineering and Management for over 18 years and an interim year as Head of the School of Civil Engineering.  One perk associated with Purdue’s Rose Bowl appearance (2001) was a ride down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena on New Year’s Eve in the Boilermaker Special  (Purdue’s mascot locomotive). 

My future is “a cloudless sky” now that I am retired from Purdue. We have moved to Northern Kentucky where I grew up and attended High School. Our "new Kentucky home " is located at 2490 Legends Way, Crestview Hills, KY - on the golf course and about 10 minutes from the Greater Cincinnati airport. If you are in the Cincinnati area, please give us a call. Since our son and family are in Billings, Montana  - we will be traveling back forth between the Midwest, Big Sky Country, and Germany

Official retirement party at Purdue on 29 November 05.

Maria and Dan - Brown Palace Hotel - Fall 2007

Profile Update

I continue to enjoy my retirement in northern Kentucky where I maintain contact with high school  friends from the 1950s.  I visit Maria each day - a bond that cannot be broken by death.   In 2011, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)  established the Daniel W. Halpin Award  "to recognize individuals who have demonstrated  outstanding scholarship that advances construction engineering as a science." This is an annual national award established by one of the world's most prestigious engineering societies.  I continue to stay in contact with  colleagues in the U.S. and abroad and my books are used by students worldwide.   I just celebrated my 80th birthday in September (2018) two days before my room mate Johnny  Solomon celebrated his 80th. 

I play the piano each day , am active in the Keyboard Club here in Cincinnati,  play tennis twice each week and keep my German fluency by attending the Tri State German School each week and speaking by phone with Maria's sister and cousins in Bad Kissingen on Sundays.

The Halpin clan is now centered  out West and I travel regularly to visit my son Rainer, daughter-in-law  Terry and the grandsons in Billings, MT and Evanston, WY.  There are  5 great grands,  two in Billings and three in Evanston.  I thank the Lord every day for the wonderful blessings that Maria and I have received. 

     DWH with Son Rainer at Birthday Bash in Billings MT

Great Grand Children in Evanston, WY    Archie,  Arlo and Ayla  ( Grandson Andrew and his wife Aundee's  Children)


Christmas 2018 in Billings, MT - Great Grand Children Harper and Jayden Halpin with

Grandmother Terry  (Grandson Michael's  children)


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