Ron DeVall & Jim Mutrie

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Ron DeVall and Jim Mutrie were proud UBC Engineering alumni who both made significant contributions to the practice of structural engineering in Canada. Ron and Jim’s close friendship spanned more than 50 years. They first attended UBC together, then worked alongside one another as colleagues at Read Jones Christoffersen (RJC). During the course of their 40 year careers, they also collaborated and devoted much time to developing building code for use in Canada.

Ron and Jim were both known for their expertise and dedication to the advancement of the engineering profession and the safety of all Canadians through their contributions to the National Building Code of Canada. Their efforts and commitment to excellence will serve as an important part of their legacies and will continue to contribute to the world in which we live for many years to come.

Ron passed away peacefully on June 8, 2020, survived by his wife, Hazel; his brother Ken; his several cousins and their extended families. Ron enjoyed life to the fullest and in particular his work as a structural engineer. He was a proud triple UBC Civil Engineering alumnus, completing his BASc in 1966, his MASc in 1968 and his PhD in 1972. He spent his entire 40 year career at RJC providing technical leadership and was regarded as a mentor and a good friend. He served on and led many technical committees for the advancement of structural engineering, particularly in regard to seismic loading, and had a strong influence in getting important seismic revisions incorporated into national building codes since the 1980s. He was also a significant contributor to the development of the Seismic Retrofit Guidelines for BC schools. Ron loved travel, jazz, good food, good wine, good conversation and above all good friends.

Together, Ron and Jim worked closely with Faculty members at the UBC Department of Civil Engineering for many years to help support the educational endeavours of the next generation of civil engineers.

Jim passed peacefully away on December 23, 2019, survived by his wife Sandy; his sister Dorothy Fitz-Clarke (Ted); his niece Vicki Edwards (Geoff); and his nephew John Fitz-Clarke. After completing his BASc in Civil Engineering at UBC in 1966, Jim joined RJC as a design engineer, later becoming a Partner. He was invited to join the firm of Jones Kwong Kishi in 1984, eventually taking up the role of Managing Partner. During his career, Jim was the structural engineer for many notable buildings including the Living Shangri-La, the Shaw Tower, Surrey Central City, Waterfront Centre and Granville Square. He was a recognized leader in the engineering community, pioneering many innovative solutions to complex engineering design issues. He was dedicated to his work and contributed significantly to the building codes used in Canada today through his 40 year involvement working on building codes for concrete buildings. Jim will be remembered for his keen interest in others, his lifelong passion for his work, his kindness, his sense of humour and his laugh.

Give in memory of Ron DeVall and Jim Mutrie and help keep their commitment to excellence alive through UBC.

The impact of your support

To honour Ron and Jim’s lives, accomplishments and contributions to the field of structural engineering, their families will be establishing a new student award in their honour. Your gift will pay tribute to Ron and Jim by supporting engineering students following in their footsteps. Final decisions on the award description and student eligibility will be made in consultation with their families.

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