Chicago — The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) has honored Philip L. French, PE, FASPE, with the Donald F. Dickerson Founders Award for his lifetime achievements, dedication, and promotion of the Society, its mission, and the plumbing engineering profession. The award was presented on October 30, during ASPE’s 2012 Convention & Exposition in Charlotte, North Carolina.
French joined ASPE in 1968 and currently is a Presidential Member. He was elected to the ASPE Board of Directors in 1976 as Vice President, Membership and held that office until 1982, when he was elected Vice President, Legislative. In 1984, French was elected President of ASPE and held that position for two full terms. He is a member of ASPE’s Central New York Chapter, which he helped found, and he also co-founded the Upstate New York Chapter.
In 2008, French was selected as a member of the first class of ASPE Kenneth G. Wentink College of Fellows, which recognizes ASPE members of established reputation. He now is Chairman of the Fellows Selection Committee, which is in charge of selecting future ASPE Fellows. French also served as Chairman of ASPE’s Certification Committee from 1982–2006, responsible for the development and maintenance of ASPE’s Certification Program.
After graduating from the State University of New York at Canton with a degree in heating, plumbing, and air-conditioning technology, French started his career as a plumbing designer/draftsman with an architectural engineering firm in Syracuse, New York. He then joined the consulting engineering firm Robson & Woese Inc., where he worked in various design and management positions until being named a Senior Partner and Chairman of the Board of Directors. He retired in 2001 after 41 years with the firm.