Published 12:00 am Friday, December 6, 2002


CLINTON Dr. Bryant Mather died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002, at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. He was 85.

A native of Baltimore, Dr. Mather had been living in Clinton and was one of the nation’s foremost experts on concrete. He retired in 2000 as director of the Structures Laboratory of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg. He had 59 years of service with the Corps of Engineers and had been associated with the Waterways Experiment Station since 1946. President Carter named Dr. Mather a charter member of the Senior Executive Service in 1979. He was an honorary member and past president of both the American Concrete Institute and the American Society for Testing and Materials. He received the Army’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award and the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service.

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Dr. Mather was a member of numerous professional organizations and authored 800 technical reports and professional papers. He received a bachelor’s degree in geology from Johns Hopkins University and received an honorary doctorate from Clarkston University in 1978.

Eight species of insects are named in his honor, and he donated his moth collection to Mississippi State University in 2001.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Katharine Mather.

Survivors include friends and professional colleagues.

A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home in Jackson.

Memorials may be made to the Mather scholarship fund, payable to ConREF, American Concrete Institute, c/o ConREF-Mather Fund, 38800 Country Club Drive, Farmington Hills, MI 48331.


EDWARDS Louis Turner died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002, at St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights. He was 55.

Mr. Turner lived in Edwards.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mount Moriah M.B. Church in Edwards. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3 until 7 p.m. Saturday at Lakeview Funeral Home.