In 2012, the Trust established the Larry Rayburn Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships for students at the University of Cincinnati. Rayburn, a past DFI president, DFI trustee and DFI Educational Trust board member for several years, is the former president and CEO of Richard Goettle, Inc. He has made a generous donation to kick off the fund drive.
Douglas Keller, the current president of Goettle, is leading the scholarship drive to raise a $250,000 endowment to provide at least two undergraduate civil engineering students with scholarships each year. Recipients must demonstrate financial need and an interest in the deep foundationfoundations industry via civil or geotechnical engineering.
Larry P. Rayburn
Larry P. Rayburn, chairman emeritus of Richard Goettle, Inc., has designed hundreds of earth retention projects, pile foundations and cofferdams. He is a past president of the Deep Foundations Institute and a member of the UC Advisory Board, American Society of Civil Engineers, Moles, Engineer & Scientist, the American Arbitration Association and the American Institute of Constructors. He presented dozens of papers to national conferences on geotechnical projects.
The Technical Societies of Cincinnati presented him its Professional Accomplishment Award for Industry and Consulting in 1990 and named him distinguished engineer in 2004. He also received the Spirit of Construction Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002 and distinguished service awards from UCís civil engineering department and the Deep Foundations Institute, both in 2006. In 2008, Rayburn received the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers.
He holds a bachelorís degree in civil engineering from the University of Cincinnati and has been a guest lecturer for UC civil engineering classes.
Larry P. Rayburn University of Cincinnati Civil Engineering Scholarship Founding Donors
Richard Goettle, Inc.
Bittner-Shen Consulting Engineers
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Mark J. Rice
M. Byrl and Frances Williams