Apr 25, 1934 - Dec 15, 2014
KERRI, Kenneth Donald
Kenneth Donald Kerri, Ph. D., age 80, passed away suddenly after a brief illness with his beloved family at his side. He is survived by his loving wife Judy, son Chris (Anne), daughter Kathy Krizl (Norman), two grandchildren, Justin and Sarah Kerri, brother Richard Kerri, and devoted dog Angel.
Ken Kerri was born April 25, 1934, in Napa, California. He graduated from Napa High School in 1952, attended Napa College, and Oregon State College (BSCE, 1956), University of California, Berkeley (MS in Sanitary Engineering, 1958), and Oregon State University (Ph. D., Sanitary Engineering, 1965).
He started working as a professor teaching civil and sanitary engineering classes at Sac State in 1959. He became an emeritus professor in 1997. During his teaching career Ken mentored hundreds of civil engineering students and received several awards including the Distinguished Faculty Award.
In 1968 he started working on operator training programs, establishing the CSUS Office of Water Programs in 1972. He served as the Project Director for projects that developed and implemented training programs for the operators of water treatment facilities, water distribution systems, wastewater collection systems, municipal and industrial wastewater treatment and reclamation facilities, pretreatment facility inspection and utility management. In 2005 over 1 million operator training manuals had been sold and over 250, 000 operators from all over the world had enrolled in the training programs. The manuals have been adopted as textbooks in over 300 colleges and universities and have been translated into twelve different languages. The operator training programs provided Ken and Judy the opportunity to travel all over the world. Most recently he was the senior advisor on a project to train and license operators of water and wastewater plants for the country of Jordan, which has been expanded throughout the Middle East.
As a professional consulting engineer he provided professional consulting services for cities, counties, special districts, states, federal government, universities, industries, and consulting engineering firms. Throughout his career he received many awards including the top honors by the Water Environment Federation and the American Water Works Association.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, skiing, walking his dog by the American River, hiking, playing bridge, and spending time with his wife, children, their spouses, and grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 11:00 am at Fremont Presbyterian Church, 5770 Carlson Drive, Sacramento, CA 95819.
In lieu of flowers, Ken requested that donations be made to the Ken Kerri Endowment Fund which was established in 2009 to build a foundation for the education of future engineers. http://www.ecs.csus.edu/wcm/ce/support.html.
Checks may be sent to:
Department of Civil Engineering
Attention: Ms. Neysa Bush
California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6029