Johannes J. "Joe" DeVries, 77, a noted hydrology and hydraulic engineering consultant, researcher and educator, died on Dec. 8 in Davis, Calif. The cause of death was cancer, says an obituary in The Davis Enterprise.


He worked at the University of California, Davis, from 1972 until 1993, and consulted on global projects for the United Nations, World Bank, Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Agency for International Development and governments in India, Argentina and Taiwan.

DeVries was principal engineer at David Ford Consulting Engineers Inc. until 2012.

A life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, he also was associate editor of its Journal of Engineering.



Las Vegas utility contractor and state industry group leader Thomas C. "Tom" Harmon died Jan. 27 at 76.

Founder of Desert Construction Co., which specialized in highway lighting and traffic-signal work, he later closed the firm amid strained union relations and restarted as an open-shop firm called All Pro Construction.

Harmon was president of the Southern Nevada Home Builders

Harmon (1980s)
Association and a director of the Nevada Contractors Association

He also was appointed, in 1983, by former Gov. Richard Bryan (D) to the State Contractors Board, serving three years as chairman.