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Obituary: Alfred Stokes Jr. '42

Alfred P. "Buzz" Stokes, P.E., FASCE, passed away in Santa Barbara, CA, on April 26, 2012. He was born on July 28, 1919, and raised in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. His parents were Professor A. P. D. Stokes and Art Instructor Margaret Finney Stokes of Ohio State University. He is survived by his son Christopher, of Woodland, CA, and daughters Bridget of San Rafael, CA, and Jennifer Burns of Santa Barbara, grandchildren Michael and Stephen Stokes and Tiffany Burns.

He began his civil engineering undergraduate studies at Antioch College in Ohio and completed them under the Navy's V-7 program at Catholic University of America in Washington, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He completed his graduate studies at the U.S. Naval Academy Postgraduate School at Annapolis.

Buzz was a WWII veteran, having served in the Pacific Theater as a Lieutenant, specialist in Engineering. Stokes was licensed to practice Civil Engineering in Arizona and California. He was a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a Life Member of the County Engineers' Association of California. He was a past member of the Ventura Rotary Downtown, the Navy League and the Downtown Rest and Aspiration Society. Buzz served as Director of the Ventura County Public Works Agency from 1967 to 1977.

His long career in civil works included design and construction for Kaiser Engineers, the Navy, Army Corps of Engineers, County of Marin, and Smyth Research Associates. He also served as Chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Engineering Board, advisory to SCAG's southern counties and their cities. Buzz loved the out-of-doors, and enjoyed many rafting and bicycling vacations. In the family's younger years, vacations were extended camping trips to explore the National Parks in the western U.S. and Canada. A great favorite was the beautiful and unspoiled Glacier National Park. Always included in the family trips were Peter, the Dalmatian, and Guppy, the sailboat. Throughout his life Buzz remained a steadfast advocate for wildlife and conservation causes. Donations in Buzz's memory may be sent to the donor's favorite charity. Private family services will be held.