|Name:||Stephen Bechtel Jr.|
|Birth Day:||May 10, 1925|
This prominent businessman served as co-owner of the Bechtel Corporation, the #1 engineering and construction company in America. The company, headquartered in San Francisco, established branches in Australia, Canada, England, China, Taiwan, Chile, the United Arab Emirates, and numerous American cities.
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In 1946, Stephen Bechtel Jr. earned an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Purdue University. Stephen Bechtel Jr. went on to receive an M.B.A. from Stanford University.
Bechtel became an Eagle Scout in 1940, and has been recognized by the Boy Scouts of America with both the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and the Silver Buffalo Award. Stephen's uncle Kenneth K. Bechtel was awarded the Silver Buffalo in 1950 and served as National president of the Boy Scouts of America from 1956–1959.
Stephen Bechtel attended Purdue University, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering in 1946. He earned his Master of Business Administration degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1948.
He succeeded his father Stephen Bechtel Sr. as president of Bechtel Corporation in 1960 and chairman in 1969, handing these positions over to his son Riley in 1989 and 1996 respectively. He is now listed on the Bechtel website as "Senior Director" on the board.
Bechtel was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1990. He is the 1980 recipient of the Hoover Medal which commemorates the civic and humanitarian achievements of engineers. He was elevated to National Honor Member by Chi Epsilon, the national civil engineering honor society, in 1990. In 1998 Stephen and his son Riley were presented with the Honor Award from the National Building Museum for their company's contributions to the built environment. Bechtel received the Award of Excellence from Engineering News-Record for his leadership of Bechtel Corporation.
The BSA acquired new property near Beckley, West Virginia for a new high adventure base in 2009. Bechtel donated $50 million towards the new base which has been named The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve.
Currently, Stephen Bechtel Jr. is 97 years, 6 months and 19 days old. Stephen Bechtel Jr. will celebrate 98th birthday on a Wednesday 10th of May 2023.
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