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Kenneth Mackenthun, founding NABS member passes away

Published On: 1/14/2011

Kenneth Mackenthun, founding NABS member passes away


Kenneth M. Mackenthun of Goodwin House, Baileys Crossroads, Fairfax County, Virginia, died December 26, 2010. He was born May 15, 1919, in Bushong, Kansas. He attended the College of Emporia, Emporia, Kansas, and received a Master's Degree from the University of Illinois. After serving in North Africa, Corsica, and Italy in World War II, he began his professional career in 1946 with the State of Wisconsin in the Conservation Department and later as chief public health biologist in the State Board of Health with the Committee on Water Pollution. In 1962, he joined the U.S. Public Health Service's National Field Investigations Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Transferring to Washington, D.C. in 1969, he served with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as Director of the Criteria and Standards Division in the water program, and as Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator of Water Planning and Standards. He was a charter member of EPA's Senior Executive Service. In 1971, he became Adjunct Professor with the American University in Washington, D.C., where he taught graduate level courses in environmental protection until 1979 when he retired from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Upon retirement he joined Enwright Laboratories in Greenville, South Carolina as Vice President and later formed and operated his own environmental consulting business. In 1985, after returning to Fairfax, Virginia, he served as principal scientist with Bregman and Company, Bethesda, Maryland; Ogden Environmental and Energy Services Company, Fairfax, Virginia; TRACOR Applied Sciences, Rockville, Maryland; Vitro Corporation, Rockville, Maryland; and ADI Technology Corporation, Crystal City, Virginia; in addition to operating his own consulting firm. He authored 12 books and over 95 technical publications. He was a Life Member of the Water Pollution Control Federation, the Virginia Water Quality Association, and the North American Benthological Society.

He married Dorothy Gebhardt of Green Kansas in 1942 who was deceased in 2002. He is survived by a son, Kenneth Mackenthun II.

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