Famed Groundwater Hydrologist Dies

Founder of William F. Guyton Associates died at his Texas home

William F. Guyton died March 2, 2013 at his home in Austin, Texas. He was 94.

Guyton was an internationally renowned groundwater hydrologist and water supply expert. After working as a hydraulic engineer in the groundwater branch of the United States Geological survey, he founded William F. Guyton Associates in 1951, the third groundwater hydrology consulting firm established in the U.S.

The firm quickly became recognized for its preeminence in deep well technology, large-scale water-supply development, water rights and hydrogeo-chemistry expertise, with major projects undertaken for public- and private-sector clients across the south from Florida to Texas and throughout the southwest to Nevada.

In 1992, Guyton merged with Leggette, Brashears & Graham, Inc. (LBG), a national water resources and environmental engineering firm. LBG-Guyton Associates continues to provide consulting services throughout the southwest, with offices in Austin and Houston.

A licensed professional engineer in five states, Guyton received a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Mississippi in 1938. He was active in several professional associations, serving as a Director of the Texas Water Conservation Assn.; a member of the Advisory Committee of the Texas Water Resources Institute; chairman of committees on ground water hydrology and President of the Austin branch of the American Society of Civil Eng., and a member of the hydrology advisory committee at Tarleton State University. He was made a Life Member of the National Groundwater Assn. and also was a member of the American Geophysical Union; American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Eng.; American Water Works Assn.; Geological Society of America; and National Society of Professional Eng. 

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