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Port Gibson’s Dick Yost achieves 50 years of service
- Updated: February 3, 2011
It’s hard to imagine that a teen-age summer job could be a direct path to a fulfilling career of nearly 50 years. But that’s what happened for Erdman Anthony employee Dick Yost of Port Gibson, who celebrates the milestone this month.
Yost, a land surveyor, has traveled many miles over the years for Rochesterbased Erdman Anthony, working countless hours and surveying all types of terrain in all kinds of weather.
“I have found great pleasure in working for, and being a part of, what I believe to be the finest engineering firm in the business,” says Yost, who was born in Port Gibson and attended Newark Central High School.
When he retires next month, Yost will be missed by co-workers, management, and clients of Erdman Anthony. “It has been an honor to have Dick as part of our team at Erdman Anthony for all these years,” said CEO Russell Bullock, PE.
Bryan Merritt, LS/PSM, Geospatial Manager, agrees. “It will be impossible to replace Dick’s dedication that he brought with him every day,” he says. “When you needed something done quickly and completely, he was the goto- guy. His attention to detail will be difficult to match.”
Erdman Anthony clients will miss working with Dick as well. “It will be hard to find a replacement for Dick who will have the love of the fieldwork; the vast amount of knowledge, experience, professionalism; and a great personality,” says Mike Parrella, a Senior Land Surveyor with the New York State Department of Transportation A graduate of the New York State Ranger program in Wanakena, N.Y., Yost also holds an AAS in Civil Technology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Sciences. Yost left full-time employment to serve in Vietnam from 1966-1967 but was hired back upon his return home.
He has witnessed the evolution of survey practices and technology over the years. “Technology has advanced very rapidly, and it goes without saying that the modern electronic equipment has had a tremendous impact on surveying today,” says Yost. “And Erdman Anthony has been committed to having the best technology and continues to have some of the most modern equipment in the business.”
Yost’s 25-page resume lists a wide range of projects, including work on industrial buildings, educational facilities, state agencies, the private sector, and more. But his role in the preliminary design of the New York Interstate System is one of his most memorable projects. “This job was almost 100% cross country, and the field work was done in the middle of the winter with snow as deep as 6 feet on the level,” he says. “We did a lot of work in snowshoes, so you can see why I remember this project!”
Except for 20 years as a resident of Newark (NY), Yost has lived for 45 of his 65 years in Port Gibson. The youngest of three boys, Yost is father of three and grandfather of seven. He and his wife, Mae, now live with their miniature dachshund, Fiona, and cat, Onnie. He is a Life Member of the Port Gibson Volunteer Fire Department who during the past 40 years has served as President, Treasurer, and Games of Chance Chairman. He plans on becoming more active once again as a “social” member when he retires.
Yost is also active in several veterans’ groups, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars since 1968. He is a member of V.F.W. Post #6778 in Palmyra and has been a member of the American Legion Post #286 in Newark for the past 12 years as well as a member of AMVETS Post #2 in Palmyra for nearly 10 years. He was also a member of the 19th Combat Engineer Association Vietnam, since 1992 and has served as Treasurer ever since its first formal meeting.
For nearly 60 years, Erdman Anthony has been providing infrastructure engineering and support services to private industry and government clients. The firm employs nearly 300 people, including 80 professional engineers and licensed land surveyors throughout its offices in Albany, Buffalo, Hudson Valley, and Rochester, NY; Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, PA; and West Palm Beach and Orlando, FL. Erdman Anthony is one of a relative handful of engineering consulting firms nationwide to have earned ISO 9001 quality certification. For more information, visit the firm’s website at www.erdmananthony.com.