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This profile was last updated on 11/17/08  and contains information from public web pages.

Mr. John Jarvis Burgess

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Oilfield Construction Engineer

National Supply Construction Corp.

Employment History

  • Chairman
    Fort Worth Planning and Zoning Commission
  • President
    Tarrant County Historical Society
  • Usher
    University Christian Church
  • Position In History
    Carter & Burgess Inc
  • Captain

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • B.S. , Civil Engineering
    University of Vermont
  • M.S. , Civil Engineering
    University of Texas at Austin
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Jacobs Carter Burgess - John Jarvis Burgess, 17 Nov 2008 [cached]
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John Jarvis BurgessHistory - John BurgessJohn Jarvis Burgess was born August 18, 1913, in Fort Worth.His father was a rancher and the family lived north of the Stockyards area until Burgess was in the fourth grade."That was a pretty rough neighborhood, and my mother wanted me and my four sisters to be brought up in a different environment, so we moved to Mistletoe Heights."It was a fortuitous move because it was in that neighborhood that Burgess met Eugene Hudson Carter, who would become his lifelong friend and business partner.
Burgess graduated from Fort Worth's Central High School in 1931, and pursued engineering at the encouragement of his father."He told me, 'I can teach you more than I've already taught you about horses and cows and when to sell and what to feed and things like that, but this world is getting so technical that I think the best thing you could do is go and get a good foundation in engineering.' And that's what I did."
Burgess graduated magna cum laude in 1935 from Virginia Military Institute (VMI), with a civil engineering degree.He returned to Fort Worth where he worked on a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project (programs that generated jobs for millions of Americans during the Depression) for Fort Worth Public Schools.
John Burgess & Gene Carter in the 1940s
When that program ended, Burgess went to Cleburne, Texas, to work as a city engineer on another WPA project.While there, he served as a fireman at night in exchange for a free place to sleep.
When the Cleburne WPA project ended in 1937, Burgess joined National Supply Construction Corp. as an oilfield construction engineer on well installations in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi.Working in the oilfields, Burgess got an education in working long hours and managing people."I think we were working about 10 hours a day, six days a week, and there wasn't any labor overtime and all that jazz at that time, and I think I could get a dollar and a half an hour.So I had done pretty good."
It was also during this period that Burgess met and married Florence Lydard Floore of Fort Worth.
John Burgess with Gene Carter, Hohnny Burgess and Wilton Hammond
As the project neared completion, Burgess had the opportunity to join the Marine Corps through his former commandant at VMI."Things were in good condition with the quartermaster depot, and I felt enough patriotism and loyalty that I had to get into this mess."He joined the Marines in 1943 and was trained as a flight director.He achieved the rank of captain while serving in the Pacific Theater and on the China mainland, and participated in major battles at Okinawa, the Philippines and in China.
John Burgess receives a Dolly Parton singing telegram
Burgess resumed his partnership with Carter and they soon found themselves in the thick of the postwar boom.
Burgess retired as chairman in 1988, but maintained an office at the corporate headquarters until his death.
John Burgess at his 70th birthday partyAs an engineer and businessman, Burgess was known by his employees and clients alike for setting the highest standards for professionalism, innovation, honesty and integrity.He and Carter encouraged the firm to invest in new technology and expand into markets and disciplines that placed the firm at the leading edge of capabilities and client services.At the same time, they fostered a family atmosphere among their shareholders and employees that endures to this day.
Burgess was well respected throughout his profession, which sought his leadership in various associations.He was a member of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, was named "Engineer of the Year" in 1971, and was a president of the Fort Worth chapter.He was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, also serving as the local chapter president.In 1992 he received the "Service to People Award" from the Texas Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.He also was a member of the Society of American Military Engineers and the Consulting Engineers Council of Texas.
But there was more to John Burgess than the professional man whom everyone respected and admired.He was a dedicated family man who with Florence had two sons, a daughter, three granddaughters, three grandsons and two great-grandsons.
John Burgess with (from left) Bill Bell, Bart Bradford, Dan Conlin and Jerry Van Horn
Burgess served on the Fort Worth Planning and Zoning Commission, including two years as chairman, and was a former president of the Tarrant County Historical Society.He was active in the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, serving on the Board of Directors from 1986 to 1988.He was a longtime member of University Christian Church, where he was an usher, deacon and elder.He also was a member of the Fort Worth Club, Colonial Country Club and River Crest Country Club.
Burgess enjoyed a lifelong relationship with the Boy Scouts of America, beginning as a member of Troop 47 with Gene Carter as his patrol leader.
Through the firm, Burgess provided master planning and engineering services for the Longhorn Council's Leonard Scout Camp near Granbury and the Sid Richardson Scout Ranch near Bridgeport.In 1969 he received the Silver Beaver Award, Scouting's highest adult honor.
In all that he did, Burgess was known for his compassion and modesty.When talking about Carter & Burgess, he was always quick to lay credit for the growth and success of the firm on his employees.
American Society of Civil Engineers - Texas Section, 26 Mar 2012 [cached]
John J. Burgess
Fort Worth Business Press, 29 July 2006 [cached]
Two childhood Fort Worth friends, Eugene Hudson Carter and John Jarvis Burgess, founded Carter & Burgess in 1939.
In the early days of the firm, Gene Carter and John Burgess started out planning neighborhoods and schools in Fort Worth.
Volume 15 - The Yosemite Valley ..., 24 May 2014 [cached]
Volume 15 - The Yosemite Valley of Jack Burgess The Yosemite Valley of Jack Burgess is as close as you can get to having a time machine that will transport you back to August of 1939. Jack is a stickler for historical accuracy not only as it relates to railroad equipment, but to life in general. Everything on this multi-level HO layout: the signs, the structures, the people and the automobiles are stamped with authenticity.
Jack will show you little-known sources of prototype information that you can apply to your own railroad. The California Golden Hills are Jack's specialty and he'll show you how he gets the right look for his scenery. Contest winning models grace the layout, and this master will share some of his prized models with you.
Jack Burgess has built one of the most authentic model railroads that I have viewed to date.
His research has been exhaustive, and Jack has over 1100 photographs to authenticate his work, plus many books.
Jack shows some of the fantastic detail that he has built into some of his freight and passenger cars. You have to see it to believe it. One passenger car even has a desk that the drawer opens on it.
This layout has been seen in the magazines several times over the past few years. Jack is a civil engineer by trade and is very detail oriented. That's why his award winning models do so well in competition. His beautiful wife Jacque is also very supportive and helps whenever she can.
VMI - Class of 1990 - Cyber Corps - January 16, 1999, 16 Jan 1999 [cached]
John Jarvis Burgess '35 died Nov. 26 at the age of 85. An ASCE Fellow, Burgess was confounder of the engineering and architectural firm Carter & Burgess Inc., based in Fort Worth, Tex. He attended Virginia Military Institute, graduating in 1935 with a degree in civil engineering, then began his career on a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project for the Fort Worth Public Schools. In 1937, he joined the National Supply Construction Corp., working as an oil field
During World War II, Burgess joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was trained as a flight director; he eventually achieved the rank of captain. After the war, he resumed his place at Carter & Burgess, helping the firm achieve a primary role in the postwar development of Fort Worth. He also worked on planning and development projects at military bases and on urban renewel projects in several southern adn south-western states. Burgess retired as chairman of the firm in
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