(Ret. Lt.Col.) Dr. J. Brent Rauhut

  • Born: November 13, 1928
  • Died: May 21, 2017
  • Location: Austin, Texas

Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home North

3125 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78705

Tel. (512) 452-8811

Tribute & Message From The Family

(Ret. Lt. Col.) Dr. J. Brent Rauhut, 88, passed peacefully in the comfort of his own home on May 21st, 2017.

Brent was born in Comanche, Texas on November 13, 1928 to Shelby and Herman Rauhut. As an only child, he graduated from Comanche High School at the age of fifteen (1944). He then entered John Tarleton College. In 1944 after the war had broken out, he joined the U.S. Army and was stationed in Italy.
In 1951, Brent married his sweet Peggy Wilson of Comanche. He would refer to it as the smartest thing he ever did.

Brent graduated from the Air Force Officer Candidate School the following year. During the next 46 years, they lived in Texas, Alaska, California, Hawaii, with Brent doing two remote tours in Greenland and Vietnam.

Brent earned three degrees at the University of Texas, leading to a PhD in Civil Engineering in 1966. Professional Honors and Activities: Grad. Magna Cum Laude, the Univ. of Texas, 1955 Tau Beta Pi - Honorary Engineering Society Chi Epsilon - Honorary Civil Engineering Society Sigma Xi - Society for Scientists and Researchers member, American Society of Civil Engineers Member, American Society of Testing Materials Chairman, TRB Committee A2BO5, Strength and Deformation Characteristics of Pavements Professional Engineer 21799, Texas.

Dr. Rauhut retired in 1971 from the U.S. Air Force after an active career. He was a Construction Engineer in Alaska; a Project Engineer for design and construction of space launch and tracking facilities; Deputy Chief of the Engineering Division, Pacific Air Force; and Director for Engineering and Construction, Air Training Command.

He started his private career for Austin Research Engineers doing pavement research. In 1972, Brent was made president of a small firm called Austin Testing Engineers. In 1979, Brent founded Brent Rauhut Engineering Inc (called BRE). The initial five-person firm quickly grew to over 100 staff in less than four years with offices in both Austin and San Antonio.

Brent was dubbed the "Father of the Long Term Pavement Performance Program" for his principle contributions. The LTPP Database, which Brent envisioned, became the largest pavement materials and performance database in the world. The database is used by almost all state highway agencies, private firms, universities, and foreign countries. Brent and the other owners sold BRE to Fugro-USA in 1997.

He leaves his wife of 66 years, Peggy Rauhut; his sons, Keith, John, and Brian; his grandsons and wives, Kurtis and Christi, Peter and Carrie, and James and Julia; and two precious great-grandsons, Greyson and Bryce. Brent also has many nieces, nephews, and cousins which he was very proud of.

Brent and Peggy had a wonderful life together. They had their family around most of the time, traveled to 24 countries, and had great employees, friends, and family.

Visitation will be on Thursday, June 1st from 1-2 PM at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home: 3125 N. Lamar, Austin, TX 78705. Graveside services will be held at 2:15 PM at Austin Memorial Park: 2800 Hancock Dr, Austin, TX 78731.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association or your charity of choice.


Condolence & Memory Journal

We want to send our condolences to your family over your loss. We love you all and will miss Uncle Brent.

Posted by Greg Guthrie - AUSTIN, TX - Family   June 01, 2017

Brent was a good man and a wonderful employer. It was an honor to work for a man who contributed so much to his country as a vet and pioneer in pavement research. I thank him for giving a fellow vet an opportunity to explore a new avenue in life. He will be sorely missed. Sincere condolences to the family.

Posted by Hank Usher - Cedar Park, TX - Coworker   May 31, 2017

To John and family I'm sorry for your loss

Posted by Charles Degiovanni - Cedar park, TX - Friend   May 30, 2017

It was an honor and a pleasure to have known the Colonel for so many years. He was a gifted humble man who served his country well. I'll cherish his stories, always.

Posted by Gabriel Sheridan - Austin, TX - Friend   May 30, 2017

Brent was a good friend, business partner, and fellow engineer for many years. We first met at UT while studying with Hudson Matlock. Brent's work on Anchored Bulkheads is one of the best. My deepest sympathies go out to Peggy, their sons, and other family.

Posted by John J. Panak - Austin, TX - Family Friend   May 29, 2017

Brent was a good friend, colleague, business partner, and fellow engineer for many years. We first met while doing study at UT with Hudson Matlock. Brent's work on Anchored Bulkheads is still on my library shelves and is one of the best I have. My sympathies go out to Peggy, their sons, and other family.

Posted by John J. Panak - Austin, TX - Family Friend   May 29, 2017

Peggy - So sorry to hear about Brent. You, Brent, and your boys are like our family. Please let me know about the arrangements. I am supposed to be in Pennsylvania this evening but will make different arrangements

Posted by Harold Vonquintus    May 29, 2017

It is very sad news. Brent was a colleague and a good friend of all of us, but more important he was one of the original visionary of the Long Term Pavement Performance program. Many people don't know that Brent was involved in the Long-term pavement monitoring study in the early 80's that was the precursor of what is today the LTPP program. Brent did a lot of that original work himself with a great group of young engineers (Mark Gardner, Jerry Daleiden, Mark Sargent.etc..). I have a lot of good memories of the early days of the LTPP program and the technical discussions we had.

Posted by Aramis Lopez    May 29, 2017


So sad to hear of Brent's passing. He was a great man and friend in so many ways. Debbie and I express our most sincere condolences

Posted by John Wooley    May 29, 2017

Dear Peggy:

Please accept by deepest condolences on the loss of Brent. During the years we worked together on the SHRP research, I was enriched by his ready smile, his broad knowledge and passion to do things well. He will never pass from our memories.

Posted by Neil Hawks    May 29, 2017

Dear Peggy,

Carl sent word of your loss. So sorry to hear of Brent's passing. My thoughts and memories of you as my playmate oh so long ago are heavy with your grief. God bless.

Posted by Carol Peace Smith    May 29, 2017

Dear Peggy, So sorry to hear about Brent. I have been there and I know how hard it is. I will be sending prayers to you and your family. With Love Beth

Posted by Beth Coggins    May 29, 2017

Peggy - Jean & I were sorry to learn that Brent had passed away. We go back a long way to the 1945 era. We extend our sympathy and prayers to you and your family. May God give you comfort and strength as you deal with this heavy loss.

Dean & Jean Rippetoe

Posted by Dean and Jean Rippetoe    May 29, 2017

It was a pleasure to know Brent in life as a friend & next door neighbor in Austin on Point West in the the seventies. He was a professional in every way, a Proud Texan, wonderful husband & father Brent was a credit to our country & all those that knew& loved him. Deepest condolences to Peggy & his sons! A life well live & will never be forgotten. Shalom my friend RIP, You did good!

Posted by Ken & Selinda Johnson - Las Vegas, NV - Friend   May 28, 2017

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