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Dr. John Best, former professor of civil engineering at Missouri S&T, died Tuesday, Oct. 6. Visitation will be held 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, with a memorial service beginning at 1 p.m. at James and Gahr Mortuary, 1651 E. Highway 72 in Rolla. Memorial contributions are suggested to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.
Best earned bachelor of science and master of science degrees in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 1955 and 1957, respectively. He joined the Missouri S&T faculty in 1955 as an instructor in civil engineering. He was promoted to assistant professor in 1957, to associate professor in 1960 and to professor in 1969. He served as interim chair of civil, architectural and environmental engineering in 1986 and retired in 1991.