It is with great sadness to report that James McKelvey of Black & Veatch in the USA and known to so many in the world of tunnelling has died. An Associate Vice President and Geo-engineering Department Head with Black & Veatch, he passed away on 19 July while on business in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
James will be remembered in his home country South Africa as a tunnelling engineer with Kieve Steyn and internationally through his association with the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, as well as via his contributions to Sancot (the South African National Committee on Tunnelling), to the ITA (International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association), and to the Underground Construction Association, UCA, of the United States, as well as via his 13 years with Black & Veatch on projects in Charleston, Indianapolis and many others. James was last met by his many friends and colleagues at the RETC in New Orleans in June and at the World Tunnel Congress in Dubrovnik in May.
James will be so missed. His capacity to contribute will be hard to replace.
A more detailed tribute to James will be published in due course and for those who can attend, a memorial service will be held on
7 August 2015 at 10:30am at the Hamilton Hills Baptist Church, 10293 E 126th Street, Fishers, Indiana 46038, USA.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to The Wounded Warrior Project.