ninth President of ITE, Thomas J. Seburn served two post war
years from 1945 to 1947. He had been elected Vice President in 1943 and had been on the
Board of Direction before that.
Seburn was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in July, 1902 and received a
B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1926.
graduation Mr. Seburn moved to Kansas City, Missouri and was employed by
the Kansas City Public Service Company.
In 1929 the city had a comprehensive traffic survey underway
sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.
The conclusions of the survey indicated that the traffic
engineering division should be established and Mr. Seburn became the
first traffic engineer for Kansas City in December, 1930.
Over the years the division gradually expanded until in 1951 it
was the Department of Traffic rather than a division of the Public Works
Department and Mr. Seburn, of course, was the director.
1954, Tom accepted a position with the Bureau of Highway Traffic at Yale
University, later becoming its associate director.
He retired from Yale in 1967 and moved back to Kansas City where
has been active in working with the Safety Center at Central Missouri
He served as a lecturer and consultant for various firms.
Seburn was co-author of Urban Transportation Administration which was
published in 1958 and was considered the bible for transportation
administration at that time.
Mr. Seburn was active in illuminating engineering and served on
the Illumination Engineering Society in various capacities.
He was also active in work of the Highway (Transportation)
Research Board and the American Public Works Association and American
Society of Civil Engineers.