2012 Arkansas Construction Hall of Fame: Kenneth Allen Pettit, PE

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Apr. 30, 2012 12:00 am  

Kenneth Allen Pettit, PE

• Additions/Renovations at St. Joseph Mercy Medical Center in Hot Springs

• Various buildings on the campus of John Brown University in Siloam Springs

• Riceland Foods corporate headquarters in Stuttgart

Not only did Pettit leave his mark on the firm, but he was an educator and role model to a number of mechanical and electrical design engineers who have been successful in their own right, partially because of his mentorship.

Pettit was a member of several engineering societies and boards.

He was elected a charter member of the Arkansas Academy of Mechanical Engineers at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and was the first non-graduate to receive this honor.

He was honored by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, Inc. as a fellow in the society in 1976. It was the highest grade of membership offered by the organization and Pettit was the first Arkansan to be honored.

He held several positions in ASHRAE over the years, including president of the local chapter, and he was a director at large and a director of the national organization.

In 1971, the board of the local ASHRAE presented Pettit with the Ernest N. Pettit Memorial Award for Kent’s dedicated service to the society at the local, regional and national levels, as he held all chapter offices over a 20-year period.

Pettit was also an active member in the Illuminating Engineering Society, the Institute of Electrical Engineers and Examiners, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Arkansas Society of Professional Engineers and the American Society of Plumbing Engineers.

He served four consecutive, three-year terms as a member of the Arkansas State Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.

Among his other memberships, Pettit was named a Paul Harris fellow in Rotary Club 99-Little Rock by the Foundation of Rotary International in 1982. He was a long-time member of Christ Episcopal Church in Little Rock where he served proudly on its vestry and was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity at the University of Texas.



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