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Tribute to Jean-Guy L. Beliveau, 1946-2009

Release Date: 07-21-2009

Author: Dawn Marie Densmore
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Tribute to Jean-Guy Béliveau

A UVM tribute will be held to honor Jean-Guy Béliveau on Friday, September 18, 2009 in the Ira Allen Chapel at 2:00 pm.

In remembrance of Dr. Jean-Guy Béliveau funds may be donated to support:

The "Jean-Guy Béliveau Memorial Fund" for UVM CEMS Civil & Environmental Engineering Senior Design Projects. Donations should be sent to: Jean-Guy Béliveau Memorial Fund and mailed to UVM, 411 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05405.


The "NSPE Dr. Jean-Guy Béliveau Scholarship Fund" to be awarded to a student of engineering going to an ABET Engineering College or University. Make checks payable to: "Béliveau NSPE Scholarship Fund" and mail to: NSPE: VSPE, c/o Forcier Aldrich & Assoc., 6 Market Place, Essex Junction, VT 05452

Jean-Guy BeliveauDr. Jean-Guy Béliveau taught structural engineering at the University of Vermont College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS) from 1985 to February 2009 when he retired. He lost his courageous fight with cancer and passed away peacefully on Friday, July 17, 2009 at the Vermont Respite Home in Williston, Vermont. A UVM tribute will be held to honor him on Friday, September 18, 2009 in the Ira Allen Chapel at 2:00 pm. His full obituary can be found in the Burlington Free Press.

Prior to coming to UVM, Dr. Béliveau taught at l'Université de Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. He obtained his bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Vermont in 1968, and a doctorate in Civil Engineering from Princeton University in 1974. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the ROTC in the U.S. Army in 1968, and frequently did consulting work for the military in his later years.

During his tenure as faculty at UVM, Jean-Guy served as chair of the Department of Civil Engineering and advised graduate and undergraduate students throughout his career both in Canada and the United States. He was a licensed professional engineer in Canada and the U.S., with over 60 technical publications, 20 journal publications, and more than 20 technical reports.

Jean-Guy received the highest honor as "Fellow" by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) . His service impacted teachers, educators, engineers and professionals as he served as ASCE Vermont Section president and as the Vermont State Coordinator for MATHCOUNTS—a nationwide middle school math competition. Jean-Guy was also recently featured in the Winter 2009 UVM CEMS Spire newsletter.

"Although I did not have the pleasure of knowing Jean-Guy personally, the many stories and memories I have heard this week from CEMS faculty and staff about Jean-Guy reflect that he was a remarkable man and a tremendous colleague," says Bernard "Chip" Cole, CEMS Interim Dean.

Jean-Guy's research involved the use of measured vibrations and concepts of structural dynamics to assess structure for stiffness, stability and strength. His applications involved model testing methods as well as measurements of resonant frequencies to determine axial compression in rails and tension in the iron bars of wood and iron trusses, and the use of vibration and system identification techniques to determine the aerodynamic coefficients of suspension bridges.

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Our sincere condolences go to his family, friends, and colleagues who knew him well.