IN MEMORIAM - Edwin C. Kampmann
Contributed by Elmer Alvarez with Carl Shiigi, Jonathan Osborn and Tony Van Haagen
Edwin Kampmann worked for Caltrans as an Associate Transportation Planner in the Division of Planning for nearly 30 years. He was hit by a car and fatally injured on Wednesday, April 14, 2010, while crossing a street on his way to work.
I was fortunate to be Edwin’s supervisor for the past two years in the Intergovernmental Review (IGR) program. We coordinate Caltrans’ review of land development proposals, striving to identify any adverse impacts to the state highway system and obtaining mitigation measures. Edwin was dedicated to his job. His reviews were always very thorough and his comments thoughtful and well written.
For the past few years, Edwin was involved in the review of the Centennial Ranch development proposal near Gorman and the I-5/SR-138 Interchange. This planned development will consist of over 20,000 residential units, schools, commercial properties and industrial uses –- practically a new town. Edwin’s input was crucial to our obtaining mitigation commitments for improvements to the interchange. If those improvements are built, I believe they should be named is his honor.
Edwin also worked in the Los Angeles Regional Transportation Study (LARTS), the Travel Demand Modeling branch, which predicts traffic volumes and forecasts emissions to assist with the planning of highway and transit projects. He was the primary author of the 1984 and 1987 edition of the LARTS Travel Forecast Summary. Edwin’s writing skills were effectively used in providing documentation for the LARTS trip generation model and the external trip survey write-up for the 1994 base year model validation.
Edwin was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts in 1943 and graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1965. He earned a Ph.D. in Community Planning from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1972, and later taught at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He left teaching to work for Caltrans. When he first joined Caltrans, Edwin worked in the Highway Networks section, developing model networks of the Southern California Transportation system for evaluating projects both large and small.
Edwin was active in his church, and was a supporter of many nonprofit organizations, including the Palos Verdes Land Conservatory, Hillsides Children’s Services, and Save the Bay. The loss of his considerable contributions to those organizations and to Caltrans will be acutely felt. He will be missed.