Region 4 Governor, Past N.C. Section President Odell Dies at 61

Raymond Dow “RD” Odell, a design engineer, past president of the ASCE North Carolina Section and current Region 4 governor, has died. He was 61.

Photo of Raymond Dow “RD” Odell

As the Society’s at-large Region 4 governor, Odell, P.E., M.ASCE, was serving a term that began in 2017. He was senior design engineer with the engineering, management and development firm Louis Berger in its Raleigh, North Carolina, office.

Odell had more than 20 years of experience in traffic noise analysis and highway and rail design. Previously, he had been employed by Engineering Endeavors, Wilbur Smith Associates and APMC.

With ASCE’s North Carolina Section, Odell remained active as a member of its Raise the Bar Committee and on its Scholarship Board of Trustees. Other key roles included president of the Section’s Eastern Branch and with the Section’s Scholarship Selection Committee.

A native of Louisiana, Odell received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from North Carolina State University in 1996, and remained an avid Wolfpack fan. He was an active congregant of the Green Pines Baptist Church in Knightdale, N.C. He is survived by a wife, Brenda, a son, a daughter and six grandchildren.


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