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Elsperman Honored for Civil Engineering Accomplishments

Bob Elsperman ’58 (right) with his son, Dirk, at the 2014 Civil Engineering Alumni Achievement Awards.

Robert Elsperman ’58 was recognized at Purdue’s 21st annual Civil Engineering Alumni Achievement Awards on April 10 for his career achievements and contributions to the civil engineering profession.


Brother Elsperman was the former president and now corporate consultant to Tarlton, a St. Louis based general contracting and construction management firm. Tarlton ranks in Engineering News-Record’s Top 400 Contractors with annual revenues exceeding $170 million.


An Active Career

Active throughout his career in the industry, Bob has served as an officer of nearly every national, regional, and local organization in the construction industry, most notably as national treasurer of the Associated General Contractors of America, the largest trade association in the United States. He served as president ASC’s St. Louis chapter in 1981 and as president of the Engineers’ Club of St. Louis in 1974-75.


Among his professional honors are being named Young Engineer of the Year, Engineer of the Year and Construction Man of the Year. He also received the ACG of St. Louis award. In 2008 Bob was honored with the Al Fleischer Award for Management from PRIDE of St. Louis.


An Active Civic Life

Bob has been involved in numerous civic organizations. He served on the Lyles School of Civil Engineering at Purdue advisory council and is immediate past chairman of the board of St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors Systems, a faith-based, not-for-profit organization serving the needs of the senior population. Bob has also served on the advisory boards for the Salvation Army, the Hope Center, and for several banks.


In 2000 Bob was named “Individual of the Year” among general contractors by the Greater Missouri Chapter of the March of Dimes. He has also given his time to United Way, Children’s Miracle Network, Boy Scouts of America and Howard Park Center.


Family Joins In On Big Night

On hand to be part of Bob’s big night were his wife, D’Arcy, and their three children, Dirk, Tracy and Wendy. John Sand ’58 fittingly commented to Brother Elsperman, "Bob, what a great honor, and well deserved. A fitting recognition of over a half century of applying all that you learned at Purdue- well, most of it."