Kenneth Kerri

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.
Checks may be sent to:
Department of Civil Engineering
Attention: Ms. Neysa Bush
California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6029


  • John and Charlotte says:

    Judy, Chris, Kathy and family,

    I met Ken over 30 years ago as a fledgling female w/ww treatment operator. From our first conversation he mentored me and became one of my biggest champions. Shortly after meeting Ken, I met Judy. Over the years we have visited many times especially throughout the US and Puerto Rico. John and I are so fortunate to have spent time with you both recently in New Orleans.

    We wish you all wonderful memories of the love and life you shared with Ken. Thank you for sharing him with the world.

    God’s Blessings and Peace,

    Much love,

    John and Charlotte

  • Mike Yedi says:

    To the family and friends of Kenneth Kerri, please accept my sympathy. I am most sincerely sorry for your loss. It is my hope that you can find comfort in the Scriptures recorded at Revelation 21:4 which says that soon God will wipe out every tear from our eyes and that death will be no more. this shows that soon God will eliminate all suffering and there will be no more death. May god continue to strengthen you all and help you cope with your loss. to learn more about god and his purposes please go to

  • Lois Sherry says:

    My sincere condolences to Ken’s family and friends. I worked with Ken on behalf of the American Water Works Association as administrative coordinator for committees as well as the Top Ops contest.

    Ken’s expertise and active participation will be missed by all.

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