Allan Shapiro, Senior Transportation Consultant, passed away on September 2, 2017 in Scarsdale, New York after a battle with colon cancer. Allan was a well-respected friend and colleague to Ross & Baruzzini staff, clients, and project partners around the world and was a key member of Ross & Baruzzini’s North American Aviation team.
With a career that spanned more than 40 years, Allan participated as a senior program manager on numerous large-scale transportation, public works and Homeland Security critical infrastructure projects throughout the United States and internationally. He was a registered architect and terminal planner who began his career in 1967 at HNTB and went on to work at some of the leading firms in the U.S., including HOK and DMJM/AECOM. Allan joined Ross & Baruzzini as a Transportation Consultant in 2007. During his illustrious career he served as a planner and program manager for over 100 airport projects.
“I first met Allan nearly 20 years ago at an aviation conference and immediately took a liking to him,” commented Craig Toder, chairman of Ross & Baruzzini. “He was a fixture in the industry and a friend to everyone. His career led him towards business development because he was such a people person. You could put him in front of any type of person from any walk of life, and he would find some common ground. In addition to his dedication and contribution to the industry, he was first and foremost a devoted family man. He will be greatly missed.”
“Allan always considered everyone a close friend and held them in the highest regard which spoke to his caring and devoted nature to the Industry and the Ross & Baruzzini family,” commented Michael Zoia, Director of North American Aviation at Ross & Baruzzini. “He always had a smile (and a hat) and could immediately find a friend in any room he entered.”
Allan was well-recognized in the transportation industry. He served on the boards of all the leading aviation organizations, including Airports Council International (ACI), American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and Airport Consultants Council (ACC), and was a keynote speaker at many of their conferences. He was also a lifetime member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He was a member of the Construction Specification Institute (CSI). He was an Emeritus of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and a past National Vice President of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME).
He was born November 21, 1936 in Cincinnati, Ohio and grew up excelling in academics and in football. Following in the footsteps of his father, who was one of the first registered architects in Ohio, Allan was inspired to also become an architect. He received his degree from Cornell University in 1959.
Allan is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Healy Shapiro, a brother and sister, their seven children, and sixteen grandchildren. Cards can be sent to his wife at 6 South Old Orchard Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63119.