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I learned today the passing of Becky. Among our technical community she stood out not only as one of its best experts, but also as a beautiful human being, shining with intelligence and kindness. My deepest sympathy to her family and loved ones for this terrible loss.
My sincere condolences to the family and friends. Becky was a great academic, wonderful colleague and very nice and pleasant person to work with. She was always very supportive, encouraging and cheerful. Becky will be dearly missed. RIP
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Rebecca S. McDaniel, West Lafayette
Rebecca S. McDaniel, PE, PhD passed away on May 2, 2020. She was Technical Director of the North Central Superpave Center (NCSC), Lyles School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University.
Dr. McDaniel conducted asphalt-related research, training and technology transfer through the NCSC. She held a BA degree in English from Indiana University and BS, MS and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering from Purdue. She was a longtime member and past president of the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists (AAPT), chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Asphalt Section, chair of ASTM Committee D04 on Road and Paving Materials, and a member of the Board of Directors of ASTM International.
Despite her professional achievements she is proudest of her children: Elizabeth Van Sickel (Garrett) and their newborn son, Jonathan, St. Augustine, Florida; Luke Burley, Indianapolis; and Emma Burley, West Lafayette. She is also survived by her loving and devoted husband, Dick Burley, West Lafayette. Surviving brothers include Stephen J. McDaniel (Danuta), Wheaton Illinois, and Kent E. McDaniel (Jeanne Gunning), Bloomington, Indiana, and their children.
In light of Covid-19, there will be no public services held. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the AAPT Scholarship Fund (6776 Lake Drive, Suite 215, Lino Lakes, MN 55014).
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