Ray Chalker (1931 - 2013)

Ray Chalker (1931 - 2013)
Ray Chalker (1931 - 2013)

Raymond L. Chalker P.E., S.E., the patriarch of PCS Structural Solutions has passed away. Ray received Bachelor and Masters of Science in Structural Engineering degrees from Oregon State University and achieved the rank of Lt. Commander in the Naval Air Forces (and Commander in the U.S.N.R.).   He entered private practice in 1965 as a founding partner in the firm that soon became Chalker Engineers after working for the Boeing Company, the American Plywood Association and Director of the Civil Engineering Technology program at Highline Community College.

 

Ray had a distinguished career as a consulting structural engineer for numerous clients and notable projects including; The Tacoma Dome, Tacoma’s Historic Union Station restoration, Bicentennial Pavilion, Seattle’s 6 block Waterfront Center, UPS Law School restoration, Auburn High School and many other civic, public, historic and private landmarks.  He was a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a Life Member of the Structural Engineers Association of Washington.

 

Ray was an innovator in both structural engineering and business practices. He recruited, hired, mentored and ultimately sold his engineering business to the leaders he helped develop within the firm. His desire to perpetuate the firm to the second generation became the framework for the firm’s transition of ownership now in our third and fourth generations. He taught us to be more than a structural consultant, to look at the bigger picture and to share our wealth of experience with our clients.  Ray continued to be a welcomed visitor, collaborator, and honorary “member” of the firm until his passing.

 

All of us at PCS Structural Solutions will remember him as a gentlemen’s, gentleman. He took personal interest in each employee; his leadership, innovation, mentoring, commitment to the community and sense of humor with his loud “cackle” will be missed.

 

Ray is survived by his life partner and wife Charlotte, daughter Linda, son Carl, son-in-law Jim, daughter-in-law Darlene, grandchildren Charlotte, Jack and Owen.’

 

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, December 29th, 2pm at the Union Station Rotunda (Downtown Tacoma), followed by a reception at the Tacoma Golf & Country Club.