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University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering Alumnus Carolyn J. Merry (Civil Engineering, Ph.D., ’88), passed away on June 3, 2014. She was 63.

Prior to receiving her Ph.D., Merry earned an M.A. in Geology from Dartmouth College in 1977, and a B.S. in Geology from Edinboro State College in 1972.

Merry had recently retired from her position as Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering at The Ohio State University (OSU). She was a professor of Civil Engineering at OSU beginning in 1988, and taught several courses primarily in her specialty areas of remote sensing and geographic information science.

Merry began her career as a Research Physical Scientist and Geologist at the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (USACRREL), Hanover, New Hampshire, from 1973 until 1988. She published more than 160 papers in various forums and contributed four chapters in textbooks.

Merry was active in several professional organizations, including the American Geophysical Union, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Engineering Education, American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, International Association for Great Lakes Research, and the International Glaciological Society. She served in many elected and appointed positions in professional organizations including President of the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, President of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, and President of the Central Ohio Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. She was most recently a member and Committee Chair of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

She is survived by her husband, Robert (Bob) Redfield, a sister and two brothers.



June 11, 2014


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