James W. Reeves was born and raised in Covington, Louisiana. He received a B.S. degree in 1952. After earning his degree, he worked for Chance Vought Aircraft Company before entering the U.S. Navy as an ensign in the Civil Engineering Corps during the Korean Conflict. He served with the Seabees in the Philippine Islands and in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Upon returning to civilian life, he worked as a structural engineer for the Louisiana Department of Public Works and then for George Covert & Associates, a consulting engineering company in Baton Rouge. He earned a M.S. degree in Civil Engineering in 1959 from Louisiana State University. Dr. Reeves joined the Civil Engineering Faculty at S.L.I. (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) in 1959 and served as head of the department from 1968 to 1971. He was awarded a National Science Foundation Faculty Fellowship to attend the University of Arizona, where he received his PhD in Civil Engineering in 1970. He served as dean of the U.S.L. College of Engineering from 1971 to 1990.
Dr. Reeves was very active in professional activities and has received many awards for excellence in teaching and service to the community.
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