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David Goodpasture
David Goodpasture

Longtime UT civil engineering professor David W. Goodpasture passed away Wednesday, September 14, at age 77.

Goodpasture retired from active teaching at UT in 2004 after thirty-eight years in what is now the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Since that time, he has served as a professor emeritus, bringing his total commitment to UT to more than fifty years.

At one time or another during his tenure as a full-time professor, Goodpasture taught every required course related to structures in addition to both undergraduate and graduate courses dealing with the design and behavior of steel structures.

His particular expertise came in the testing and design of highway bridges, including being a co-investigator on the first such project at UT.

He was the son of the late John and Eula Goodpasture and was preceded in death by his wife, Marion, and sister, Jacquetta Weaver. He is survived by several children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at 1:30 p.m. today at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel to travel in procession to Highland Memorial Cemetery for a 2:00 p.m. interment service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to The Special Needs Ministry Group Home Project, care of First Baptist Church, Concord, 11704 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, Tennessee 37934.

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