PI LAM QUESTIONNAIRE – ABOUT 40TH REUNION – OCTOBER 2004
NAME: WILLIAM (Bill) HIRSCH, A.I.C.P. SPOUSE/SO: to prevent claims
of alimony, palimony or child
support this field remains
ADDRESS: all mail to >PO Box 1154, Southampton, NY 11969-1154 (1st class mail
will reach me within a week if I’m travelling)
ALTERNATE ADDRESS/DATES/TEL NO: too complicated to list
Home: 631-283-2981 (Southampton)
Other #1: 212-362-1939 (NY City)
Other #2: 954-733-9078(Oakland Park) Mobile: 917-604 -5817
OCCUPATION/RETIRED: Transportation and Site Planner -RETIRED
Names: One occasional claimant: David
ACTIVITIES/INTERESTS: Solar Energy, DIY projects, Woodworking, Sailing,
Flying, Skiing, Trains, and Gardening
BRIEF BIOGRAPHY: After Lowell I went to Pratt University and concurrently
worked for the consulting firm of Wilbur Smith & Assoc. (WSA). Shortly
thereafter, Patti and I decided that a friendship instead of romantic relationship was
the direction we would take. After almost 10 years with WSA as their Principal
Consultant I left to join JCPenney Co. as Sr. Transportation and Site Planner for all
construction west of the Mississippi River.
I got my private pilots license in the late ‘70’s, and also went to Pace University
where I majored in finance and labor. Then after almost 20 years of work and
business travel (including living in Australia) I took off two years to build my own
solar home with my own hands.
In 1985 I joined the NYC Department of Transportation. In the 90’s, I became
Assistant Commissioner in charge of all construction on city streets and highways.
On October 7, 2002 I retired from that position to join the SamSchwartzCompany
(for NY Daily News readers-Sam Schwartz = Gridlock Sam) part time doing peer
reviews for the World Trade Center area recovery/redevelopment plans. I have
since found that my retirement requires me full time and left Sam’s firm this past
Over these years I have the opportunity to meet and know some unique characters
(personal and professional) which has made life interesting.
WHAT ELSE DO YOU WANT TO SAY? While I love retirement and am happy I
decided to fully retire, I am also very pleased with my 40+ work years where I-
designed universities, airports, large scale developments, shopping centers, and
transportation systems; was a visiting professor at times, and presented a paper to
the Highway Research Board. I was privileged to work on the Lower Manhattan
recovery after the 9/11 attack. My initial job was to shepherd the City’s effort to
restore power and communications by the following Monday (what a weekend but
we did!). I then went on to coordinate with other agencies and FEMA in the
recovery efforts for the next year.
If I can’t make it to the reunion, I wish you all a super time and hope to re-meet you
all individually -real soon!
MEDICINES (Optional): Cabernet Franc and/or Jack Daniel’s (green)