James K. Iverson

March 19, 2014

James K. Iverson (BS ’57, MS ’65, PhD ’68, Civ Egr) passed away quietly at age 78 on March 14, 2014, at Piner’s Nursing Home in Napa, Calif., after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

He was born in Lake City, Mich., on Sept. 24, 1935, and spent his early life in the community where he met his first wife, Mary Lou Flannery.

He graduated from Michigan State University in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He and Mary Lou were blessed with five boys over the next few years.

Iverson served in the U.S. Air Force in Kansas for three years before returning to Michigan State University to receive a master’s degree in 1965 and a PhD in 1968, both in civil engineering. He taught civil engineering at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs and later in Denver, where he met his  current wife, Janet.

After several transitions, the family moved to Napa, Calif., to raise their four children. He greatly enjoyed his work as an engineer and was proud of his work on numerous bridges and other structures across the country; he also consulted internationally.

He was an active member and elder of the First Presbyterian Church, contributing his engineering skills to the replacement of the copper roof on the church as well as seismic investigation of the property. He was known for his love of engineering, whether on the job or around the house, but also enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, or hiking with the dogs.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Jan Iverson, and children by that marriage, Jeffery, Jennifer, Julia, and Joanna; as well as his first wife, Mary Lou Iverson, and their children, Mike (Rosemary), Pat (Cindy), Pete (Heidi), Tim (Maria), and Tom; and eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Services were March 20, 2014, at Treadway & Wigger Funeral Chapel in Napa, www.TreadwayWigger.com.