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.
In 1946, he earned an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Purdue University. He went on to receive an M.B.A. from Stanford University.
A recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, he donated fifty million dollars toward the establishment of a Boy Scouts of America base in West Virginia.
He and his son, Riley, co-owned the Bechtel Corporation. His grandfather, Warren A. Bechtel, had founded the company in 1898, and his father, Stephen David Bechtel, Sr., had served as its president during the mid 20th Century.
He was appointed by United States president Lyndon B. Johnson to the President’s Committee on Urban Housing.