Phil Harris, Wiley|Wilson Board Member and Director of Project Management, Passes Away

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Wiley|Wilson, a leading engineering-architecture firm, announced today that Phillip C. Harris, P.E., CRM, a member of the company’s Board of Directors, Director of Project Management, member of the firm’s Executive Committee, and an ESOP Trustee, passed away on April 8, 2012. He was 56.

“Phil was a rock solid part of our company for more than 30 years,” said Tim Groover, President and COO of Wiley|Wilson. “No matter the circumstances, we could always count on Phil’s professional demeanor, exceptional judgment, and jolly disposition. He was a dear friend from whom we learned very much. He will be missed immensely and we continue to keep his family and friends in our thoughts and prayers.”

Mr. Harris received his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Virginia Tech in 1978. Before joining Wiley|Wilson, he was employed with Newport News Shipbuilding, where he served as Test Engineer on nuclear submarines, cruisers, and aircraft carriers. He was a Registered Professional Engineer in several states and certified Carbon Reduction Manager.

His career at Wiley|Wilson began in 1981 in the company’s Mechanical Engineering Department. In 1985 he was promoted to Engineer and then three years later to Senior Engineer. In October 1998, Mr. Harris was named a company Vice President and began serving as Manager of the Mechanical Engineering Department in 2000. Mr. Harris eventually became Senior Vice President and moved into his most recent role as Director of Project Management, managing a team of 11 employees, eight of whom are Project Managers.

Over the years, Mr. Harris lent his expertise and unique perspective to a variety of Wiley|Wilson projects and for a wide array of clients, including Kiewit Building Group, AVOCA, James Madison University, Babcock & Wilcox, Virginia Tech, Liberty University, Trane Company, Azdel, AREVA NP, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, and the National Foreign Affairs Training Center.

Mr. Harris was an active participant in the engineering field, serving on several organizations, including the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers; the National Fire Protection Association; and the Construction Specifications Institute.

A true Renaissance man, Mr. Harris had an eclectic mix of hobbies and interests, from antique roses to the Civil War. He could often be found hunting, fishing, reading, or enjoying classic country and bluegrass concerts around the area.

A full obituary is in the Tuesday edition of the News & Advance.

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