second President of ITE, Burton W. Marsh, is probably the most
honored man in ITE. Mr. Marsh was born in Worcester, Massachusetts in January, 1898
and had a degree in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic
Institute, 1920. He also took a year of graduate study at Yale University a year
served as the first full-time city traffic engineer in the United States
in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 1924 to 1930. He was city traffic engineer for Philadelphia from 1930 to 1933. In 1933 he started a 31 year career as the Director of Traffic
Engineering and Safety of the American Automobile Association at their
national headquarters in Washington, DC.
He then became the Executive Director of the AAA Foundation for
Traffic Safety for 1964 through 1966.
Starting in 1967 until the mid part of 1970 he was the Executive
Director for the Institute of Traffic Engineers, an organization that he
had helped found and one that he had served, of course, as the second
president from 1932 to 1934.
He was on the initial Board of Direction as Director in 1930-1931
and was Vice President, 1931 to 1932.
Burton W. Marsh Award was established in his honor at the 1970 Annual
Meeting of ITE.
His leadership is unequaled in ITE.
His achievements are also recognized by others as he was
recipient in 1961 of a Doctor of Engineering Honorary Degree from
Worcester Polytechnic as well as being recipient of the Roy W. Crum
Award for Distinguished Service from the Highway Research Board, the
Paul G. Hoffman Award for Distinguished Professional Service to Safety,
and the Theodore M. Matson Award for outstanding contribution to the
advancement of traffic engineering.
He was recipient of the Arthur Williams Gold Medal Memorial Award
of the World Safety Research Institute in 1970.