News Flash - March 8, 2018

March 08, 2018 2:00 PM | Evelyn Cable (Administrator)

Condolences on the passing of two friends of KSLS:

Steve Lopata, honorary life member of KSLS, passed away on Monday, March 5, in Little Rock, AR, after an extended illness.  Steve and his wife Fran Lopata, were responsible, through a generous donation from the Lopata Foundation, for funding the retrieval and digitization of the original GLO plate and notes from the National Archives.  This grant, under the direction of Fran's son Cameron Howell, PS, provided KSLS the means to assist all surveyors working in the State of Kansas to access necessary information at a nominal cost, and provided the beginnings of the KSLS Charitable Foundation.  Over the years, the sale of GLO discs has supported many activities of the Foundation, including funding scholarships for surveying education.  Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Lopata at 13000 Riverside Drive, Little Rock, AR, 72212, or to Cameron and his wife, Zoe, via email at: 

Caspar, Hubert Jr. of Kincaid, passed away on February 26, 2018.Hubert (Hub or Butch) was born to Hubert and Agnes Caspar, of Junction City, Kansas, on July 26, 1936. He graduated from Junction City High School in 1954. Hub received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Kansas State University in 1959. Hubert worked as a Bridge Designer for MODOT from 1959 to 1961. In 1961, he opened his own design firm, Hubert Caspar Jr. Engineers & Architects, in Junction City. After selling his firm in 1977, he went to work in the oil & gas industry from 1979 to 1989, in Chanute, Kansas. From 1989 to 1995, he was Director of Public Works for Miami County, Kansas. From 1995 to 1997, he raised Angus cattle in the Paola, Kansas area. In 1997, he moved to Anderson County, Kansas as the County Engineer from 1997 to 2004. Concurrently, he was also the Coffey County, Kansas Engineer from 1999 to 2006, retiring in 2006. Hub served as the Neosho County, Kansas Engineer during retirement in 2007. In retirement, he farmed, did oil and gas consulting work and reviewed land surveys. He was a licensed Professional Engineer and a licensed Surveyor. Hub served on the Board of Directors of the Geary Community Hospital, Junction City, for 11 years from 1966 to 1977 as Chairman and testified before the United States Congress on rural health care. Hub served on the Kansas State Board of Engineering Examiners from 1969 to 1977. He was on the Board of Licensed Professional Engineers and Surveyors serving as Chairman in 1972 and 1973, and as Secretary in 1971 and 1974. Hubert was one of the moving forces for the establishment of the Kansas State Board of Technical Professions. He served on the National Council of Engineering Examiners; helped establish the Fort Riley Post of the Society of American Military Engineers, serving as President and on the Board of Directors; and helped establish the Hillsdale Water Quality Project and served as Chairman from 1990 to 1995. On November 14, 1964, he married Ruth Ann Collins, having known her since age six. The marriage was blessed with three children: twins, Fritz and Vance (deceased), and a daughter, Ann Gunn. He was preceded in death by: his wife Ruth Ann; and infant son. Survivors include: son, Fritz Caspar, of Parker, Kansas; and daughter, Ann Boehm and her husband Steve, of Paola. Burial was in Wreford Cemetery, in Geary County, Kansas, next to his wife and infant son. There was a private family service. Memorial contributions may be made to: Prairie Paws Animal Shelter, c/o Hub Caspar Memorial, 3173 Highway 68, Ottawa, KS 66067. As published in the Miami County Republic.

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The Northeast Chapter Seminar will take place on March 23rd, at the Kansas State Museum of History in Topeka, KS.  Earn up to 6 pdhs.  Bill Haverkamp will be presenting Kansas Minimum Standards, plus there will be a round-table discussion on County Survey Review, and a presentation on the Kansas Regional Coordinate System (Low Distortion Projection).  Click Here for the flyer and registration form.  Deadline for early-bird rates is March 9.

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Save the Dates for the 2018 Annual Meeting and Conference - October 18 & 19

This year's conference is sponsored by the Southeast Chapter of KSLS, and will be held at the Lamplighter Inn, Pittsburg, KS.  Our Featured Speaker will be Dr. Richard Elgin. Join us for business meetings, fundraisers and an opportunity to earn professional development hours. Watch the KSLS website for more information.

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