Thursday, January 03, 2008

Celebrating Eric Elsesser

Eric Elsesser 1933 - 2007

Please join Eric Elsesser's colleagues, friends, and family in celebrating his life.

When: January 16th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Program begins at 4:30
Where: San Francisco City Hall,South Light Court
RSVP: Please RSVP to by Friday, January 11th

Eric Elsesser's distinguished structural engineering career was marked by a passion for innovation and creativity. His professional world focused on excellence and artistry. He loved engineering, architecture and the collaborative design process. Eric was a skilled and creative designer, and he enjoyed the challenge of achieving optimized design solutions. He possessed an entrepreneur's innovative instincts and was constantly intrigued with pushing the envelope of high-performance structural engineering systems.

His engineering acumen was enhanced by a deep appreciation of the arts. Eric was an accomplished photographer and skilled sketcher, and he enjoyed searching for and collecting art, sculpture and crafts. He had a keen graphic eye and sense of scale, and he had the uncanny ability to free-hand a detail or section to almost perfect scale and proportion.

Eric was a student of architectural and engineering history and had a remarkable knowledge of buildings in San Francisco and around the world. He enjoyed lecturing around the country, particularly at his alma mater, Stanford University. Using history as a backdrop, he inspired himself and others to go beyond self-imposed boundaries.

The family requests tributes be sent to the "Sylvia and Eric Elsesser Fellowship" Stanford University - Structural Engineering Program c/o Kim Vonner, CEE Department 4020, Stanford, CA 94305.

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