District 7 Mourns the Loss of Bridge Engineer Tom Brown
Caltrans lost a dear friend of 40 years on March 4, when former Caltrans bridge engineer Tom Brown was killed by a passing car while working in District 7 at the Golden State Freeway (I-5)/Antelope Valley Freeway (SR-14) Interchange.
After retiring from his four-decade career with Caltrans in 2004, Brown remained in the construction industry, and was working as a structure construction consultant with HNTB Corporation (formerly Howard, Needles, Tammen and Bergend) when he was struck.
Brown started working for the Department as a junior civil engineer in 1964 after earning a degree in civil engineering from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. He worked as a structure representative and resident engineer on nearly 60 projects throughout California, including the Century Freeway in Los Angeles. In 1991, Brown was promoted to senior bridge engineer.
He is survived by his wife Myhuong, daughters Elizabeth Carol Lowell and Kristen Marie Stephens, and stepdaughter Calixte Joy Brown. At the family’s request, the California Transportation Foundation (CTF) has not created a memorial fund but employees can contact HNTB if they wish to inquire about the company’s efforts.