Louis Berger marks 100th birthday of late founder
Dr Louis Berger remembered for his visionary leadership
Global project management firm Louis Berger has celebrated a landmark day - the 100th birthday of its founder Louis Berger.
Today, the company founded by Dr. Berger has continued his legacy to become a leading engineering firm.
Known to his friends and colleagues as ‘Doc’, Dr. Berger was a visionary who not only demanded technical excellence, but also recognized the importance of combining state-of-the-art engineering practices with the local training required to further develop and maintain infrastructure systems in developing countries, said a compnay statement.
“My father’s vision as an engineer was to improve lives by developing an understanding of the communities in which he worked, and then providing the best solutions by implementing them on site in partnership with local professionals,” said Fredric S. Berger, chairman of The Louis Berger Group and Dr. Berger’s son.
“In his words, ‘Doing good engineering is not enough; we need to eliminate the need for us to perform the same thing a second time.’ Celebrating his 100th birthday allows us to remember his leadership, inspiration and passion.”
Born in 1914, Dr. Berger lived modestly with his parents and four siblings in Lawrence, Mass., where his father had a small glazing business. However, his modest beginnings were in sharp contrast to his professional achievements.
After receiving bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees, Dr. Berger founded Berger Associates, Inc., in 1953, a twelve-employee consulting firm in Harrisburg, Pa., that would become a billion-dollar global enterprise.
In addition to his professional successes, Dr. Berger was an avid supporter of education. He gave generously to several educational institutions and was a lifelong academic and dedicated teacher. Dr. Berger passed away in August 1996
This year, Louis Berger is also celebrating its 60th anniversary.