Scholarships Awarded to Children of Fallen Highway Workers

Mon July 24, 2006 - Northeast Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

The children of highway workers killed or permanently disabled on the job will receive financial assistance in their pursuit of higher education due to scholarships announced by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF).

Students from Iowa, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana and Montana have been named 2006 recipients of the ARTBA-TDF’s Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship.

The program was established in 1999 with a gift to the Foundation from two Roanoke, VA, highway contractors and their companies — Stan Lanford, president of Lanford Brothers, and Jack Lanford, president of the Adams Construction Company. Both men are past chairmen of the national association.

More than 1,000 people — including more than 100 highway workers — died in 2004 in roadway construction work zone accidents. An additional 40,000 people — enough to fill most major league baseball stadiums in the United States — were injured in these sites.

This year’s scholarship winners are:

• Kristin Cooper, Hanlontown, IA

Cooper’s father, Ron Cooper Sr., an employee of the Iowa Department of Transportation, was killed in April 1998 while working on a highway project.

Kristin is a student at Waldorf College in Forest City, IA, and is pursuing a degree in criminal justice.

• Robin Evans, Holly Springs, MS

Evan’s father, Robert Lee Evans, was killed in an accident in 1987 while working for the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT).

Robin will be a first-year graphic design student at Savannah College of Art & Design in Georgia.

• David Macloon, Reading, MA

Macloon’s father, Robert Macloon, was injured in an accident while working for DeMatteo/Flatiron in 1999.

David will attend St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH, and plans to major in criminal justice.

• Lily Beth Parsons, Sandyville, WV

Parsons’ father, Douglas Parsons, was killed in a 1988 accident while working for the West Virginia Department of Highways (WVDOT).

Lily Beth attends the University of West Virginia in Morgantown and is studying to become a nurse.

• Bradley Patterson, East Helena, MT

Patterson’s father, Eldon Patterson, was killed in an accident while working as an employee of the Montana Department of Transportation (MDOT) in April 1996.

Brad attends the University of Montana-Helena College of Technology and is working on an associate’s degree in carpentry.

• William “Brandon” Rice, Centerville, IN

Rice’s father, Willie Rice Jr., was disabled in a 2002 accident while working for Atlas Excavating, located in West Lafayette, IN.

Brandon is attending Purdue University in West Lafayette and is studying to become a veterinarian.

• Loria Wright, St. Louisville, OH

Wright’s father, Steven W. Wright, was killed Christmas Eve 2005 while driving a truck for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT).

Loria attends Central Ohio Technical College in Newark, OH, and is studying electronic engineering technology.


The ARTBA-TDF was established in 1985 to promote research, education and public awareness. It supports an array of initiatives, including educational scholarships, awards, roadway work zone safety and training programs, special economic reports and a national exhibition on transportation.

Individuals and firms interested in supporting the scholarship program can contact ARTBA-TDF at: 1219 28th Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20007


ARTBA, founded in 1902, is the only national association that represents the collective interests of all sectors of the U.S. transportation construction industry.

For more information, call 202/289-4434.

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