My name is Carol Kelly and I am writing
on behalf of my deceased husband, J. Joseph Kelly (3/3/36-2/15/2020).
Joe worked for the PA for 49 years. J.
Joseph Kelly began his career at the PA right after graduation from
Manhattan College with Civil and Structural Engineering credentials.
This was his FIRST and ONLY Job.
I'm sure there are records of his
involvement in many, many projects. These are some of the ones I know
of...March 5, 1976 I found an award for Achievement from
PA.......There's an award for the George Washington Bridge Upper Deck
Replacement 1977-1978..... In 1989 Joe traveled to San Francisco to
consult on damage to Golden Gate Bridge as a result of San
Francisco-Oakland Earthquake. He also traveled to Europe, England, and
Paris to consult on bridge structures. He was also actively involved in
the construction of the Twin Towers. Joe was a man of few words and did
not always share many of his accomplishments.
Joe survived the 1993 bombing of PA and
was instrumental in the repair, He was also a survivor of 9/11. He
escaped Tower One on that fateful day from the 74th floor. We have
pictures and his clothes from that day. 9/11 is a memory and loss that
Joe and I and our family never recovered from.
When Joe arrived home, covered in ash,
bloody and exhausted and suffering pain in his legs and back (a piece of
ceiling from Tower One had hit him as he was helping another person). He
was in shock as we watched again the implosion of the Twin Towers and it
was heartbreaking for Joe to call the PA number to say he survived
knowing how many did not. Joe continued to work for the PA for four more
years commuting to New Jersey When Joe did retire in 2005, he
subsequently had a stroke which revealed he had had many "silent heart
attacks." He also suffered from COPD and developed Parkinson's Disease,
He succumbed to the ravages of the disease on Feb. 15, 2020.
Joe was a quiet man, but an intelligent,
hardworking, deeply committed employee of PA. While these accounts may
not be what you are looking for to commemorate PA anniversary they are
realities of some of the history of Joe's tenure at the PA.