Allan Gerlat, News Editor

August 2, 2013

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SCS Founder Bob Stearns Dies

Bob Stearns, retired co-founder of SCS Engineers and a board member of the Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF), passed away Aug. 1 after a battle with cancer.

After working as a sanitary engineer for the city of Los Angeles in 1960, Stearns co-founded the Long Beach, Calif.-based SCS in 1970 and served for more than 30 years as the firm’s president and chairman. He retired in 2006.

Stearns’ achievements include furthering advancements in solid waste management practices and environmental engineering, and building an environmental engineering practice, according to the company’s website.

Many of the SCS projects beginning in the 1970s have formed the basis for today’s standard industry procedures for investigating and controlling landfill gas (LFG) emissions, forecasting LFG generation rates, and designing, constructing and operating LFG extraction and migration control systems, the company said.

In 2003 Stearns was inducted into the Environmental Industry Associations (EIA) Hall of Fame.

He has been past chairman of EREF and continued as a board member.

“Bob was a wonderful man who generously served his family, his company and this industry with all he had,” said Bryan Staley, president and CEO of EREF, in an e-mail. “I am a better person for having known Bob, and I'm sure there are many who can say the same thing.  He will be greatly missed.”

Stearns’ survivors include his wife, Gisela; his daughter Maria; and his brother, Tom.

A memorial service will be held in September; details will be published on SCR's website. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Bob’s favorite charities:  EREF, Robert P. Stearns/SCS Engineers Scholarship Fund  and Animal Rescue Friends of Idyllwild.


About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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