Frank E. Winsor

Frank E. Winsor, civil engineer

Winsor Dam on the Quabbin

November 16, 1870
Providence, Rhode Island

January 30, 1939
Newton, Massachusetts, buried ?

Frank E. Winsor, civil engineer, was the chief engineer for the Boston Metropolitan District Water Supply Commission, now the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, from 1926 until his death in 1939 and was closely involved in the design and construction of Winsor Dam and Goodnough Dike which were built by the Commission to create the Quabbin Reservoir in Massachusetts. Winsor Dam was named for him.[1]


1 Personal history and education
2 Marriage and family
3 Early work
4 Work for Providence
5 Quabbin Reservoir, Winsor Dam and Goodnough Dike
6 Resources
7 References

Personal history and education[edit]
Frank Edward Winsor was born November 16, 1870, in Providence, Rhode Island and died on January 30, 1939, a resident of West Newton, Massachusetts, where he had lived for many years at 189 Mt. Vernon Street. He received a Ph.B in 1892, an A.M. in 1896 an Sc.D. in 1929, all from Brown University. He later sat on Brown’s Board of Trustees. He was licensed as a Civil Engineer in 1892.
Marriage and family[edit]
On October 25, 1893, Frank E. Winsor married Catherine Holbrook Burton, who later taught at Brown. They had two daughters and a son.[2] Their oldest child, Lucy, (April 16, 1897-October 9, 1989), was a professor of economics at Wellesley College. She was married to Hugh B. Killough, (December 30, 1892-December 13, 1976) who was a professor of economics at Brown. Together they wrote many books on business, economics and industry.[3]
Early work[edit]
His early work was on water and sewer projects for Boston. He was one of the engineers on the design and building of the Wachusett Dam.[4] He also did work for the Charles River Basin Commission. From 1903-1915 he worked on projects for New York City including being in charge of the construction of the Kensico and Hillview reservoirs and 32 miles of Catskill Aqueduct. Frank E. Winsor was a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a director and vice president of the American Society of Civil Engineers.[5]
Work for Providence[edit]
From 1915-1926, Frank E. Winsor was chief engineer for the new water supply project for Providence, which involved the design and construction of the Scituate Reservoir and the earthen dam necessary to create it and the building of a water treatment plant. Like Quabbin Reservoir