Bucknell Engineering Alumni Association
Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award
Class of 1956
2005 Award Recipient
Congratulations, Richard E. Garman.
You attended Bucknell University as a member of the Class of 1956.
You have distinguished yourself in your chosen profession and have provided noteworthy contributions to Bucknell University, the College of Engineering, and to society as a United States Marine during the Korean War and through countless public service societies, including service as Chairman of the Board for the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and as President of the Associated General Contractors of New York State.
Following several years in the construction industry you purchased ABC Paving Company in 1964 which you built into Buffalo Crushed Stone, Inc., that also owned and operated the Port of Buffalo. This company was listed among the top 500 construction companies by Engineering News Record. Throughout your career you continued to buy, grow, and lead construction and construction-related companies. These companies evolved into a diverse group of enterprises operating in the fields of highway and heavy construction, aggregate and materials production, utility construction, industrial development, and construction management. You have served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of the ABC Paving Company, Chief Executive Officer and President of Buffalo Crushed Stone, Inc., Chief Executive Officer and President of the Gateway Trade Center, and Chief Executive Officer and President of ERSC/Newbury Alaska, Pulaski Materials Company, Inc., and Tuscarora Construction Company, Inc. These construction and construction-related companies employed over 800 employees with operations in Cincinnati, OH, Anchorage, AK, and Tucson, AZ, and grossed over $100 million in 1997. Throughout your career you managed companies bound together by a common set of business values: customer satisfaction, quality workmanship, and employee enrichment. In 2000 you sold these businesses, not to the highest bidder, but for millions less to an enterprise who agreed to keep all productive employees for at least 10 years.
With over 45 years of construction and construction-related experience, you currently serve as the President of R&P Oak Hill, a real estate management company that owns and manages commercial properties in New York and Pennsylvania. You also serve as a managing partner of R.E.G. LLC, a private investment company.
Since 1987 you have served on the board of M&T Bank. In 1999 you received the Niagara Lutheran Healthcare Humanitarian of the Year award. In 2002 you received the Philanthropist of the Year award from the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County's Alexis de Tocqueville Society.
Your accomplishments, service, and dedication to your profession, to society, and to Bucknell University have earned you the respect and gratitude of Bucknell University's engineering alumni.
It is therefore with the highest regard and warmest affection that on February 25, 2005 the Bucknell University College of Engineering and the Bucknell Engineering Alumni Association present to Richard E. Garman, Class of 1956, the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award.