WTS’ Philadelphia Chapter presented a new graduate level scholarship this year in honor of Mary Ellen Dietrick-Horn at the 2013 Annual Awards Dinner. Ms. Dietrick-Horn worked in Urban Engineers’ (Urban) Construction Management/Construction Inspection Department from 2001‐2010. After a long illness, she passed away in 2010 at the age of 51.
Carol A. Rose, PMP, the WTS Philadelphia Chapter President, said that Ms. Dietrick-Horn was a forerunner in WTS’ Scholarship Committee and very much loved and respected by her colleagues.
Carol Martsolf, PE, LEED® AP, who is Urban’s Manager of Training, introduced WTS to Ms. Dietrick-Horn while she was at Urban. “Mary Ellen exceeded every expectation during the time she was active on the board,” she said. “She was enthusiastic about the scholarship program and worked with all constituents to raise more money every year, to help women get the funds they need for their transportation careers.”
The scholarship description reads as follows:
Mary Ellen Dietrick-Horn was an administrative assistant at Urban Engineers, Inc. She worked in the firm’s Construction Management/Construction Inspection (CM/CI) Department from 2001‐2010. As such, she was the point-of-contact for more than 150 men and women in the office and out in the field.
While at Urban, Mary Ellen was introduced to WTS Philadelphia. She served on the Board of Directors from 2004 to 2006, as Co-Chair of the Scholarship Committee. Under her leadership, the Chapter had its most successful fundraiser to date, collecting more than $7,500 for the Scholarship Fund. This effectively enabled the Chapter to increase the number of scholarships awarded to young women interested in transportation careers, subsequently raising the proverbial bar for the committee and all those who would lead it in the years to come.
Mary Ellen was elected as Secretary of the Executive Board in the 2006 election, but was unable to accept due to personal reasons. She remained an active member until the end of her career.
After a long illness, Mary Ellen passed away in 2010 at the age of 51. She left behind her loving husband, Jeff, four children – Rebecca, Jason, Pamela, and Justin, and her boxer, Duce Charlie Horn. She attended Millersville University and Bucks County Community College, and was a graduate ofArchbishop Ryan High School.
The mission of WTS is to advance women in transportation – at all levels, in every capacity. Mary Ellen is an excellent example of someone who embraced and supported this goal. Mary Ellen had a welcoming smile, an infectious laugh, and a practical get-it-done approach. She touched the lives of many friends, colleagues, and acquaintances, and this scholarship celebrates her memory.
The Mary Ellen Dietrick-Horn Scholarship was awarded to Jenna Oskowitz, an employee at HNTB who is attending graduate school at Temple University. According to WTS, she received the award and honor based on her strong career orientation and leadership in the transportation arena as well as her commitment to the WTS Philadelphia Chapter and Board.