Meredith E. Thoms [1908 - 1997]
Meredith was born in Nebraska in 1908. She graduated from Lincoln High School in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1925. She was the first woman to graduate with a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Nebraska in 1929 and a Master of Civil Engineering in 1931. She was a member of Delta Zeta and was elected to two honorary fraternities: Pi Mu Epsilon and Sigma Xi.
Career Following college she became a Graduate Assistant at the university and then worked at the Central Nebraska Public Power District. In an interesting sign of the times she was a Secretary for the University but also did some hydraulic studies. In 1937 she moved to Seattle and went to work for Boeing Aircraft. In 1941 she went to the Corps of Engineers in Mobile, AL, then back to Seattle, Washington and finally Portland, Oregon and was involved in a great variety of civil engineering projects involving hydrologic investigations and research as a Hydraulic Engineer.
SWE Meredith was active in the Pacific Northwest Section of SWE serving as Section President and later Section Representative. She became a Senior Member in 1964. She went on to serve on the national SWE Executive Committee. She was a frequent attendee at SWE National Conventions.
Other Affiliations Meredith was also active in the American Society of Civil Engineers serving as Chairman of the Hydraulics, Waterways and Harbors Group. She was also a member of the American Geophysical Union and the Society of Military Engineers.
Meredith was active in church work, Toastmistresses and enjoyed the Portland Symphony and the Civic Theater.
Scholarship Meredith left a significant bequest to SWE to fund scholarships
Number Available: 5
Class: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Major: E, ET