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

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

November 13, 1928 - May 21, 2017
Austin, Texas | Age 88


(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.

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