ALFRED ALPHONSE YEE
91, passed away on April 21, 2017. Born in Honolulu, on August 5, 1925. Survived by his wife Elizabeth; children, Lailan (Sean) McGrath, Mark (Teri), Eric (Alisa), Malcolm (Bernadeen), Ian (Luana), Suling (Andrew) Roth, Trevor (Julie), and I'Ling (Ben-David) Sorum; 18 grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter; sisters, Lucy Fukutome and Ruby Fong; predeceased by brother Daniel; and many nieces and nephews. Public Celebration of Life on May 15, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Oahu Country Club, 150 Country Club Road, Honolulu, HI 96817. No flowers or gifts please. Private burial at Oahu Cemetery. "Big Al" loved his large family and was happiest during their annual family gatherings in Hanalei, Kauai where he could sing, play his guitar and accordion, surf, and share stories of his engineering projects, travels, and the fascinating people he met. He was a 1943 graduate of St. Louis School and served on its Board of Trustees and inducted into the Gallery of Distinguished Achievers. He earned his engineering degrees from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Yale University. In recognition of his work in concrete technology, Rose-Hulman conferred upon him an Honorary Doctor of Engineering degree. He was President of Yee Precast Design Group Ltd. in Honolulu, Hawaii and Director of Precast Design Consultants in Singapore. With a career spanning over 65 years, Dr. Yee was a pioneer in the design of prestressed precast concrete structures. His notable projects include: Arizona Memorial, Ala Moana Hotel, Queen Emma Gardens, Kahala Hotel, IBM Building, Aircraft Maintenance Hangar in Guam, Concrete Island Drilling System, and his tallest precast building, The Sail @ Marina Bay's 70-story tower in Singapore. Dr. Yee held over a dozen patents for construction systems and devices such as the NMB Splice Sleeve mechanical connector and the Concrete Honeycomb Precast Framing System for large ocean platforms. Awards/recognitions bestowed include election to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering. Titan of the Precast/ Prestressed Concrete Institute, PCI Medal of Honor, ACI and ASCE Honorary Memberships, only honorary member of Cement and Concrete Products Industry of Hawaii, Singapore Concrete Institute Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Yee pursued his passions and led a full and abundant life as a husband, family man, friend, engineer, and inventor. He leaves a lasting legacy and will be greatly missed. "Nothing excites me like a difficult design problem that can be met by a simple solution."
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased