Richard L. “Dick” Haury Sr., 85, a former senior vice president for airports at URS Corp. who helped develop major airport programs throughout the globe, died May 4 in Orlando, Fla. The cause was advanced-stage lymphoma.

In a career that spanned more than five decades, Haury held leadership roles for international airport programs in Denver, Orlando and Tampa, Fla., and was involved in the development of more than 100 other airports throughout the world, including in Panama City, Hong Kong, and the Chinese cities of Guangzhou and Nanjing.

“The expanded Tampa International Airport has since become one of the most highly acclaimed airports in the world due to its innovative and effective airside/landside design,” says Laddie Irion, senior vice president and aviation sector leader at HNTB. “His leadership in the development of Denver Airport and others has helped establish the U.S. as the world leader in airports and air transportation. In his career, he consistently demonstrated a pattern of innovation and problem-solving.”

Haury served as president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Florida chapter, and earned the William E. Downes Jr. Award from Airports Council International-North America in 2015 for leadership in promoting the cause of airports and aviation.

“He was one of my mentors—probably the one with the most impact,” says Irion. “He had the interests of others in mind, helping them to grow, to stretch themselves.”