Richard D. Harza

October 7, 1923June 21, 2019

Richard D. Harza, 95, of Evanston. Beloved husband of Dorothy Harza, nee Goettsch; loving father of the late Laura and John Harza; fond brother of the late Arthur (late Josephine) Hoffman; caring uncle of Araminta (Robert) Schnack, Charles (Jane) Hoffman and Susanne (William) King. Mr. Harza earned an engineering degree from Northwestern University and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin. He thought like an inventor. His many patents included a highway paving slab design and a continuous body motion seating device which is used in BMW cars. He served in the U.S. Navy in WW II on the US Prince William, CVE 31. After serving his country, he worked with Harza Engineering Company, with projects in 25 countries and in the U.S. He was in charge of concept, planning, design and on-site quality control of Chicago’s Deep Tunnel Plan, the world’s largest urban storm drainage tunnel system. It provides pollution control for Lake Michigan, the source of Chicago’s water supply. In accordance with Richard’s wishes, private services will be held. Since Richard grew up within ear shot of Ravinia, memorial contributions to Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute ( would be fittingly appreciated. Please omit flowers.


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Frank Jimenez

December 6, 2019

My condolences to the Harza family.

In 1981, I came to Chicago as a foreign student from the Philippines, accompanied by my father who was a close friend and business associate of Mr. Harza. I remember first meeting him in his office on Wacker Dr. He then gave us a tour of Chicago in his car and drove us to his house in Winnetka where he and his son cooked dinner for us.

He was a very humble and gracious person and I will never forget the warm welcome he gave us.

Frank Jimenez
son of Alejandrino (Jimmy) Jimenez

Stephen Simmons

July 22, 2019

To the Richard Harza Family,

My wife Suzanne and I want to extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Richard D. Harza. Dick was a modest man with a distinguished presence. So modest in fact I did not know that Dr. Harza had earned a PhD from the University of Wisconsin. I benefited and enjoyed his wisdom, knowledge and mentoring, especially on a meeting we had with Holly Cornell in the mid-1970's as to the Strontia Springs project in Colorado. I benefited from that association of his and his colleagues tutoring during the formative 11 years I had the opportunity to work together in the firm his father founded.
Steve and Suzanne Simmons
Bellevue Washington

Lynne Anthony

July 21, 2019

I am the wife of the late Brian Anthony. Brian was hired by Harza in the early 70's, to go to Reza Shah Kabir dam in Iran.

Dick Harza came to the dam for a visit with his son John. That evening we had a dinner at our house for the other Harza people and guests to meet Dick and John. After dinner, John said he would like to go back to the guest house, 3 houses away. Dick asked John to not lock the door. When Dick left, he found the door locked, so he started climbing in through the kitchen window. The Bakhtiari watchman tried to arrest Dick. Dick tried to explain to the watchman that he was Mr. Harza, but the watchman didn't understand English. Fortunately, they were eventually able to explain the situation and Dick got back inside.

Brian was so pleased to work for Harza, and felt honored to have met Dick.

My condolences to Dorothy and her family.

Gene Kocian

June 29, 2019

I joined Harza Engineering Company in 1971 and became acquainted with Dick Harza during the ensuing years. I am still working in a part-time capacity at Harza's successor company, Stantec, and owe my career and livelihood to the Harza family and Company they founded and sustained. My wife, Peg, and I had the pleasure of sharing a table with Dick and Dorothy at a Harza Service Awards Dinner (held for the staff every fifth year of their employment) and found them both to be gracious and charming.
Dick attended the annual Harza Alumni Luncheon at Greek Islands a few December's ago and was as gracious as I remembered.
With sincere condolences to Dorothy and the rest of Dick's family,
The Kocians

Clark Dean

June 27, 2019

When I was Dick's assistant in the 1970s, he had a speaking engagement at the Oriental Institute, but had a driving complication. He asked me to drive him to work and then to the Institute. Peggy drove me to Dick's home in Winnetka and I drove his car downtown. About noon, he, Frank Wheby and I drove south to the Institute. After lunch and his presentation, we got in the car and ran out of gas. A passing police paddy wagon stopped and offered to take one of us to a gas station. Dick went. They put him in the back and brought him back with a container of gasoline. It was weird seeing him climb out of the paddy wagon. We then proceeded to the office and eventually drove home.

David Kleiner

June 27, 2019

My entire career was with Harza Engineering Company from 1959 to 2001, 41 years. Over those years, I came to know Dick Harza quite well and worked with him on several projects. I respected his knowledge and his leadership. He will be missed by all those who knew him.

Kim de Rubertis

June 25, 2019

I have many good memories of Dick. The one that comes to my mind most often is what a gentleman he was.

Glenn & Barbara Tarbox

June 24, 2019

We express our condolence and sympathy to the family and friends of Richard (Dick) Harza and remember his lasting contributions to his profession and the dam and hydro community of engineers, technicians and contractors. His legacy is an important part of history and many significant civil engineering projects bear testimony to the Harza name around the world.

Glenn and Barbara Tarbox

Clark Dean

June 24, 2019

Some summers ago, when we had a Flying Scot at Wilmette Harbor, Peggy and I sailed north and landed on Dick's beach. He appeared at the top of the bluff and, after a brief visit, because our hull was on the sand, helped us shove off into deeper water. CLARK DEAN

Scott Brainerd

June 23, 2019

Oh my goodness what a long important life, he was so clever dashing witty good-looking well-read well-traveled influential.. What a life.... too much to condense into one email... Rest in peace, God bless and thank you