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City mourns the passing of Myron D. Calkins

Director of Public Works 1964 - 1986

Upon learning of the death of former Public Works Director Myron D. Calkins, the City of Kansas City, Mo., is issuing a statement of appreciation for Mr. Calkins’ contributions to both the City of Kansas City, Mo., and the field of Public Works.

Myron Calkins passed away Sept. 15, 2011. As the director of the City’s Public Works Department from 1964 to 1986, Calkins oversaw the completion of many significant public infrastructure projects including Kansas City International Airport, Bartle Hall and Kemper Arena.

“The projects that Myron guided to completion impact thousands of people every day,” said Assistant City Manager and Interim Public Works Director Sherri McIntyre. “While we are saddened by his passing, we are grateful for the gift of his life and the significant contributions he made in our community during his 22 years as director.”

Calkins came to the City in 1964 after serving as city engineer and planning commissioner in Tacoma, Wash. where he started as a design engineer in 1948.

A former president of the American Public Works Association (APWA) and member of numerous professional engineering associations, Calkins was regarded as an accomplished professional both locally and nationally. His participation, leadership and mentorship in APWA will influence public works professionals for years to come. The Kansas City Metro Chapter of APWA continues to recognize his accomplishments by offering a scholarship in his name.

In addition to a legacy of leadership and engineering accomplishments, Calkins will also be remembered for his civic activity in the Northland Chamber.

Media seeking more information about Myron Calkins’ accomplishments for the City of Kansas City, Mo., should contact Dennis Gagnon, public information officer, at 816-513-2659.


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