McLEAN, Va. — Richard L. Monnett died Nov. 17, 2010, at Virginia Hospital Center of pneumonia and cardiac arrest.
Mr. Monnett was born in Mount Vernon, Ohio, on June 25, 1932, and attended Gambier schools in his youth.
With more than 40 years of mechanical and industrial engineering experience, Mr. Monnett specialized in engineering and construction management. He managed the construction of numerous types of projects such as multimillion-dollar mail processing facilities, training facilities, vehicle maintenance facilities, and data processing facilities. He was the general manager for the U.S. Postal Service Construction Management Division, where he supervised a staff of 100 professional and technical personnel responsible for the management of construction projects throughout the United States. Projects included the Dulles General Mail and Vehicle Maintenance Facility, Sterling, Va.; the Washington General Mail Facility, Washington, D.C.; Postal Research and Development Center, Merrifield, Va.; Morgan Station, New York City, N.Y.; and Mail Processing Facility at JFK Airport, N.Y.
Before this role he was the program manager for the U.S. Postal Service’s Major Facility Program in the Southern, Eastern and Northeast Regions. He provided planning, scheduling, financial control, construction overview of the Facility Program. He also served as chairman on the Site Selection and A/E Selection Committees and was the primary interface and point of contact for the Postal Service between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. General Service Administration, environmental groups, city and state governments, Congress and other public and private organizations for matters concerning the acquisition of sites and design and construction of postal facilities.
After retiring from the U.S. Postal Service in 1990, Mr. Monnett worked for Delon Hampton & Associates in Washington, D.C., and Parsons Corporation in Fairfax, Va. His construction management assignments included National Airport New North Terminal, Washington, D.C.; facility improvements at Baltimore Washington International Airport, Baltimore, Md.; Baltimore Central Corridor Light Rail System, Maryland Mass Transit Administration, Baltimore, Md.; Federal Transit Administration Commuter Rail Projects, New York and Connecticut; and Huntington Metrorail Station Parking Garage, Fairfax County, Department of Public Works, Huntington, Va. He retired from the private sector in 2008. He graduated from Cooley High School, Detroit, Mich., in 1950. He graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich., in 1959 with a B.S. in Industrial Mechanical Engineering. He was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity at Wayne State University. He served in the U.S. Army. He volunteered as a soccer coach and coordinator for McLean Youth Soccer. He was a member of the Construction Management Association of America and Chatterbox.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Don and Ethel Monnett of Kester Drive; and his wife, Ann Gail Monnett, in October 2009.
Mr. Monnett is survived by his two daughters, Michelle Monnett of Falls Church, Va., and Nicole Monnett of San Matte, Calif.; his sister, Virginia M. Seward and her husband, F. Kimber of Mamaroneck, N.Y.; and by one niece and seven nephews.
Murphy’s Funeral Homes handled the arrangements.