Dr. Donald D. Myers, 69, professor of engineering management at Missouri University of Science and Technology, died Sunday, July 26, 2009, as a result of injuries from a bicycling accident that occurred the previous day in Iowa.
Dr. Myers was participating in an annual cycling event in Iowa when the accident occurred on Saturday morning outside of Geode State Park, which is near Burlington, Iowa.
Dr. Myers was transported by ambulance to a hospital in Burlington and later flown by helicopter to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. He was pronounced dead at approximately 1:35 p.m. Sunday.
Dr. Myers was participating in RAGBRAI, the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, along with other bicyclists from Rolla and Missouri S&T. Saturday was the final day of the event.
Further details of the accident are not yet available. Funeral arrangements are pending.
A member of the Missouri S&T faculty since 1979, Dr. Myers was also a graduate, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from S&T in 1961 and 1964, respectively. He also held a master’s degree in business administration and a law degree from Saint Louis University.
Active in the American Society for Engineering Education, Dr. Myers was elected fellow of that organization in 2007. He was also a fellow of the American Society for Engineering Management, the International Council for Small Business and the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
Active on campus, Dr. Myers was a past president of the Faculty Senate and received numerous awards for teaching and faculty excellence. In 2006, he was named an Honorary Knight of St. Patrick, and in 2003, he received the Outstanding Student Advisor Award from the Miner Alumni Association. An active supporter of Greek life at Missouri S&T, Dr. Myers served as a longtime adviser to his fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha.
A memorial scholarship fund has been established to honor Dr. Myers at Missouri S&T. Contributions to the Donald D. Myers Scholarship may be mailed to Missouri S&T at 209 Castleman Hall, 400 West 10th Street, Rolla, MO 65409-0460.