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Robert L. “Bob Nichols, P.E. Robert
Nichols and his wife Frances Hardison Nichols moved from Ft. Worth to Webb City in 1994 to be near their daughter Eileen Nichols, her husband Phil Richardson and their two children, Cora and Emily. Since moving here he has participated in many community activities. He is a past president of the Longhorn Council (Fort Worth, Texas), Boy Scouts of America and a past president of the Ozark Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America and currently chairs Learning for Life/Exploring for the Ozark Trails Council (Springfield, MO). He is president of the Tri-State Water Resource Coalition, president of the Environmental Task Force of Jasper and Newton Counties, and chairman of the Committee for Adequate State Funding for Missouri K-12 Education. He is a member of the Webb City-Carl Junction Rotary Club, Webb City Area Chamber of Commerce, Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce and the Central United Methodist Church.
Mr. Nichols is President Emeritus of Freese and Nichols Consulting Engineering firm, based in Fort Worth, Texas. He has been with the firm for 59 years and has been responsible for the coordination of many large-scale, multi-discipline, and multi-consultant projects including water and wastewater treatment plants, railroads, and master drainage plans. Throughout his engineering career, Mr. Nichols has kept in close contact with regulatory agencies. His frequent contact with local, state, and federal regulatory agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, Texas Water Commission, Texas Water Development Board, Texas Department of Health, and other regulatory agencies; the Texas State Department of Highways and Public Transportation; the Corps of Engineers; and various military entities enables him to utilize current knowledge of changing legislation, procedures and personnel in planning engineering and environmental assignments.
Mr. Nichols has been very active in the engineering profession. He is a past president of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Texas Water Pollution Control Association and the National Institute for Engineering Ethics. He is currently the president of the National Society of Professional Engineers Educational Foundation. Mr. Nichols is a life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Public Works Association and the
American Water Works Association. Mr. Nichols has earned numerous awards during his distinguished career. In 1989, he was awarded the prestigious NSPE Award for commitment, professional excellence, and community service relating to the engineering profession. In addition, Mr. Nichols was awarded the 1982 Water Pollution Control Federation's Bedell Award for Excellence in environmental engineering. He received the 2004 Friend of Education Award from the Southwest Region, Missouri State Teachers Association. He is a registered engineer in six states with a bachelor's and master's degree from Texas A&M University.
An avid traveler, Mr. Nichols visited his seventh continent last winter when he traveled to Antarctica with his granddaughter, Cora, who coincidentally was also visiting her seventh continent. This month he leaves for a trip up the Yangtze River and he plans to visit Australia in the spring. Recent trips have taken him across the United States, as well as to Cambodia, Thailand, and Peru.