R. McGrath was born in Stratford, CT in October, 1922. He finished high school in Pueblo, Colorado and after several
years in World War II, he left service as a lieutenant in Naval
Aviation. He attended
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and graduated with a Bachelor of Civil
Engineering in 1950. He
then went on to the Yale University Bureau of Highway Traffic and
received his Certificate in Traffic Engineering there in 1951. He also spent two years on the faculty of Yale Bureau of Highway
Traffic as a research assistant and a year and a half with Wilbur Smith
Associates as an associate traffic engineer in New Haven, CT.
1955 he became the Director of the City of New Haven's Department of
Traffic and Parking, a position he held until 1963.
In 1963 he became Transportation Coordinator for the Boston
Redevelopment Authority and in 1968 became Traffic Commissioner of the
Department of Traffic and Parking for the City of Boston, a position he
held until 1970. In 1970 he became Vice President and Director of
Transportation and Traffic planning for the White Plains, New York firm
of Raymond, Parish & Pine.
McGrath was a Director from District I from 1965-1965 and 1968-69. He was elected Secretary-Treasurer in 1970 and served as Vice
President for the following two years before being elected President in
McGrath has served as a special consultant on traffic organization to
Madras, India 1962 and to Dublin, Ireland in 1965.
He has also been chairman of the Urban Transportation Committee,
US Conference of Mayors and has been active in the National League of
ITE activities included being President of the New England Section from
1960-61 and he was active in Technical Council being chairman of
Department 3. He also
served for several years on the ITE delegation to the National Joint
Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.
He has served with ASCE and TRB and is a Tau Beta Pi; Chi Epsilon
and Sigma Xi recipient.