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Alumni Bio: J. Roy Wauford Jr.

J. Roy Wauford Jr. entered Tennessee Technological University in the fall of 1948. One year later, he made his first and only appearance on an electoral ballot after his father entered his name as a candidate for the Cartmell Scholarship to Vanderbilt University. The scholarship’s recipient is decided by popular vote of the people of Lebanon and, running unopposed, he won.

Wauford transferred to Vanderbilt University and earned his bachelor of engineering degree, cum laude, in the spring of 1952. While attending Vanderbilt, the Wilson County Court appointed Wauford to the county surveyor’s post which resulted in his becoming one of the few civil engineers to graduate without attending Dean Lewis’s surveying camp.

In 1952 Wauford began his career with D.A. Duplantier, Consulting Engineer, as a junior designer. In 1953, he joined the Tennessee Highway Department as a soils and research engineer tasked with overseeing the department’s soil testing laboratory.  In those days before strict regulations, Wauford was allowed to take the P.E. exam and received his P.E. license two years after graduating. In September 1956, Wauford left the State and formed J. R. Wauford & Co. Engineers.

J.R. Wauford & Co., Consulting Engineers Inc. specializes in environmental engineering and provides services related to all phases of water and wastewater projects to clients in Tennessee and Kentucky. The company is considered among the top water supply and wastewater consulting firms in the Southeast, having engineered projects in Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi as well as in Ohio, Michigan and Mexico.

Wauford is a member of Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers and served as president of the society’s Consulting Engineering Council in 1972. He is also a member of the Water Environment Federation and the American Water Works Association.

Wauford and his wife of 58 years, Lois Ann, live in Lebanon, Tenn. They have four children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.