A. Frazier Christy
An Accomplished Engineer
Inducted in 2016
Throughout his more than 43 years as a practicing engineer, Author Frazier Christy had a role in designing or managing numerous civic projects that brought economic development to Alabama and a better quality of life for its citizens. His career is an outstanding example of an accomplished civil engineer who had a significant impact on the engineering industry in the state.
An Alabama native, Frazier graduated from Auburn University in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He joined the United States Navy, graduating in the top of his class from the Mine Warfare School. Frazier was assigned as the engineer officer to the USS Jacana, MSC 193. After the Jacana was decommissioned in late 1968, Frazier volunteered for duty with the SeaBees, the U.S. Naval Construction Forces, and was transferred to the U.S. Mobile Construction Battalion Fourb where he served in DaNang, Vietnam, and Port Hueneme, California.
In 1970, he returned to Alabama as a design engineer with Rust Engineering in Birmingham, but left in 1971 to join Paragon Engineering. At Paragon, his focus was on civil projects involving massive grading operations, highway, storm water handling, sewage collection and treatment along with surveying mapping and control. In all, Frazier was essential in the completion of more than 6,200 projects for Paragon. As the firm grew, Frazier advanced, eventually becoming president with direct responsibility for projects with construction costs more than $500 million. In 2007, Paragon was acquired by Hatch Mott MacDonald, and Frazier continued to serve the company as sub-division manager, division manager and in-house consultant until his retirement in 2012.
A veteran and an engineer, Frazier formed the E & LS Group, which provides education assistance to veterans and encourages them to develop as engineers, land surveyors and engineering technicians.
A registered Professional Engineer in several states, he has served his profession throughout his career. He is a Fellow of the American Council of Engineering Companies. He served on the National ACEC Budget Committee as a member and chairman, and was heavily involved in ACEC in Alabama, eventually serving as president. He is a Life Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers where has been active in the branch and section levels.
Frazier was also twice elected chairman of the Collation of Professional Surveyors, and has served on the board of the directors for the Alabama Society of Land Surveyors. In 2013, he was appointed to the Alabama State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.
He has also been committed to enhancing engineering education through support of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Engineering. He was an adjunct professor for seven years, and served on the school’s advisory board for 17 years. He also served as chair of the UAB Engineering Foundation, where is still an active member. He continues his support by teaching courses in UAB’s Continuing Education Series for Professional Engineers.
Frazier and his wife, Lowell Christy, live in Birmingham. They have one daughter and two grandchildren.