Earl Reynolds, P.E.
Hill is an International Consulting Firm with over 12,000 professional
employees in 165 offices on 6 Continents. Earl Reynolds was the Chairman of
the Board of this mega firm in the early 80's, providing his vision for the
firm from right here in Boise.
It wasn't always this way.
If you go back to 1950, Cornell, Howland, Hayes and Merryfield was a
seven-man firm with one office in Corvalis, Oregon. In 1950 when this small
firm decided to expand, they chose Boise for its first branch office, and
earl came to Boise to set up business here. Earl has been a major player in
the growth and success of CH2M Hill, guiding over 1,200 projects from his
Boise office.. Earl graduated with honors in civil engineering from Oregon
State and earned a masters degree with honors from Yale in 1948.
As Chairman of the Board for CH2M Hill, Earl was responsible for long-range
planning, and with his vision, was instrumental in broadening the firm
beyond the traditional engineering design into a broad-based consulting
arena that extended to environmental sciences, economics, planning, and
related fields. Earl served as chairman of the Boise City Planning and
Zoning Commission, Blue Ribbon Committee on Downtown Development, Board of
Boise Redevelopment Agency.
An energetic, selfless community servant, Earl Reynolds has achieved an
awesome record of service that we are all benefiting from. One of the more
prominent community projects with which Earl is associated is the Boise
River Greenbelt Development. He and a few of his associates conducted a
study of the river and surrounding environment in 1964. Then, while serving
as a member of the Boise City Planning Commission, Earl successfully
persuaded the City Council to pursue development of the neglected asset. And
of course Earl served on the initial Greenbelt Committee.
The numerous professional and civic honors Earl has earned are testimony of
the widespread recognition of this very respected and admired gentleman, who
is held in the highest esteem by all who know him. Despite his record of
achievements, he remains humble, gracious, modest, and unaffected by the
many accolades bestowed upon him. He was named an Idaho Statesman
Distinguished Citizen in 1967, received the Boise Chamber of Commerce
Distinguished Community Service award in 1988; And by mayoral proclamation,
the Boise Redevelopment Agency and City of Boise named July 13, 1988 as
"Earl Reynolds Appreciation Day." In 1992 Earl received the NSPE
Distinguished Service Award.
Constantly looking for ways to enrich our quality of life, Earl is a patron
of the arts, generously supporting such artistic and cultural organizations
as the Boise Philharmonic, Boise Opera, the Morrison Center for the
Performing Arts, and providing Boise State University students music
scholarships. He also has been an active member and leader in many
capacities at All Saints Episcopal Church. Earl Reynolds' ingenuity, his
innovative and energetic leadership, his immensely effective managerial
style, his striving for excellence, his generosity, and the fairness,
respect, and consideration he displays in his interactions with others are
all trademarks by which earl is known throughout the country, not only in
engineering circles, but in other areas of human endeavor as well.
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