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Melvin “Mel” Hook: Water icon passes away at 89

Melvin “Mel” Hook: Water icon passes away at 89
Melvin Eugene Hook, 89, of Indiana Township, passed away Friday, March 3, 2017

Published in The Herald on Mar. 9, 2017
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Melvin Eugene Hook, 89, of Indiana Township, passed away Friday, March 3, 2017. He was the loving husband of 60 years to Patricia; father of Lisa Hook (Peter Gillon), Marcy (the late Chris) Derby, David Hook, Polly Hook (David Lawlor), John (Katherine) Hook and Christopher (Tammy) Hook; and grandfather of nine, Brett, Kelly, Torri, Nick, Bailey, Colton, Leah, William and Emily. Melvin served in the Army Air Forces during World War II, and following his discharge, he obtained a Master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He served as the manager of the Fox Chapel Water Authority for 40 years, and following his retirement, he served as a consultant for an engineering firm.
Services are to remain private. Professional services are trusted to THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY LTD.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association , www.heart.org., or to a charity of your choice . www.thomasmsmithfh.com.
Accomplishments:

AWWA

1975-76 Section Chair

1979 George Fuller Award

1981-83 Section Director

1987 Samuel Baxter Award

1992 Distinguished Public Service Award

2005 Gold Water Drop Award

Membership Diamond Pin Award

PMAA

1982 Red Davis Award

1986 President/Honorary Life Member

1993 William Markus Award

Orsanco

Water Users Advisory Committee

Boy Scouts

Born and raised in Kane, Pa

Served in the Army Air Corps in the Philippines in WWII at the age of 18

After the service went to University of Pittsburgh where he earned both a BS and MS in Civil Engineering (Pa PE)

Sold newspapers in the Schenley Hotel while at Pitt to earn money. The Schenley is now the Pitt Student Union Building.

Special thanks to: Mark Nicely, Fox Chapel Authority

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