Obituary: Frederic 'Tic' Webster of Menlo Park, civil engineer, 70


Frederic A. "Tic" Webster, noted for his work in rehabilitating California's historic adobe missions, died Oct. 11, 2015 at his home in Menlo Park surrounded by family. He was 70.

Mr. Webster grew up in Tucson, Arizona. He graduated from Swarthmore College in 1967 and received a doctorate in civil engineering from Stanford University in 1972.

During the Vietnam War, as a conscientious objector, he served as director of the Youth Development Program of Santa Clara County's Friends Outside that provided support for prison inmates and their families.

His professional career in civil engineering spanned more than 40 years. In 1975 he returned to the Bay Area after leaving his appointment as an assistant professor at the University of Illinois.

He became a project engineer for the Engineering Decision Analysis Co. and later an associate at Jack Benjamin & Associates. In 1993 he founded Earthen Building Technologies in Menlo Park, which began his private consulting career.

He authored more than 150 technical reports related to engineering investigations, research and development. He provided structural designs for many historic buildings in California, including San Carlos Cathedral in Monterey and Castro Adobe in Watsonville, where his memorial service was held in December.

Mr. Webster often took his family on camping trips, served on the board of directors at Peninsula School, which his children attended, and coached AYSO soccer.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Brendan O'Connor Webster; children Alex Webster Guiney, Kendall Wallace Webster and Dillon Brian Thomas Webster; brother Tom Webster; and two grandchildren.

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