Celebration of Scholarships
County Engineers Association of Maryland Roger H. Willard Scholarship

Scholarship History

The County Engineers Association of Maryland established the County Engineers Association of Maryland Roger H. Willard Scholarship in May 2005 to support students in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Donor Statement

Roger H. Willard, a roads engineer for Frederick County, was elected the first president of CEAM on October 29, 1953 in Frederick. The organization was formed to raise the technical standards of public service by exchanging ideas and discussing shared problems in county engineering. Under Roger Willard's direction, the Association grew, prospered and expanded its horizons. The membership now includes almost six hundred county, municipal and consulting engineers, as well as public works personnel, contractors and suppliers.

George F. Neimeyer, P.E. was born and raised in Dundalk, Maryland and graduated with a bachelor's of civil engineering degree from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1956. After graduation he went to work for Whitman Requardt & Associates as a Highway Engineer and was appointed Director of Public Works for Anne Arundel County in 1968. After 12 years, he moved to become the Director of Public Works in Howard County for 8 years. Retiring from public service, he became Marketing Director of John E. Harms & Associates until his death. He is a past President of the County Engineers Association of Maryland and was an avid golfer and boater.

John H. Marburger, Jr. died March 11, 1989 at the age of 79. Mr. Marburger retired as Director of Public Works and Transportation for Prince George's County Maryland in 1974, after 24 years of service with the county. That year he was presented with a Governor's citation and was appointed by the governor to the position of Chairman of the State Transportation Professional Services Selection Board. He resigned from that board in 1979.

Mr. Marburger was a life member and fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a life member of the County Engineers Association of Maryland, the APWA, and the American Road and Transportation Builder's Association. He served as president of the Engineering Society of Baltimore 1985-1986, Chairman of the Baltimore Public Works Museum 1985-1986, President of the Potomac Chapter of the Maryland Society of Professional Engineers 1962-1963, President of the County Engineers Association of Maryland 1962. He was a member of the Washington Suburban Transit Commission 1965-1972, and was President of the Prevailing Wage Board for Prince George's County, Maryland. He was selected as one of the Top Ten Men of the Year by the APWA in 1970. That same year he was presented with the distinguished citizen's award by the state of Maryland.

Mr. Marburger was a registered professional engineer in both Maryland and the District of Columbia. He was a graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and attended the University of Maryland, New York University, and George Washington University. He was married for 50 years to the late Virginia Smith Marburger. He is survived by his son, John Marburger, III , President of Stony Brook University in New York, a daughter Mary Marburger Hoffman of Edgewater, MD, and two grandchildren.

Wilson T. Ballard, Jr. was born on January 13, 1923, in Baltimore. After graduating from McDonough School in Owings Mills in 1942, he entered the U.S. Army and served in Europe until his discharge in 1946. He was a member of the Maryland National Guard from 1946 through 1954.

He graduated from Cornell University with a BSCE degree in 1949, and started work at the J.E. Greiner Company. In 1952, Mr. Ballard joined the firm started by his father, The Wilson T. Ballard Company. He remained with that firm until his retirement in 1994, and served as its president from 1963 through 1994. Projects on which Mr. Ballard worked include I-68 east of Cumberland, I-270, I-95 in Harford County, I-95 between Richmond and Petersburg, Ohio Turnpike and the I-68 Truck Weigh and Inspection Station at the Susquehanna River.

Mr. Ballard was a member of Tau Beta Pi, Chi Epsilon, ASCE, ITE, and numerous other organizations. He served as president of the ASCE Maryland Section and assisted in settling numerous claim disputes as a member of the American Arbitration Association. However, the professional organization to which he was the most dedicated was the County Engineers' Association of Maryland. He served on its Board of Directors and was extremely active in promoting and supporting its scholarship fund. Mr. Ballard died on January 21, 2004.


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