1896 – 1965
Before joining in 1924 the company which was later to become Mobil Oil Company, Henry G. Nevitt held various teaching positions in mathematics at Columbia University, was a design engineer for power plants, a refinery engineer, a construction engineer and a refinery superintendent. He retired from the Mobil organization in 1952 after twenty eight years of service. At the time of his retirement, he was Manager of the Central Region Asphalt Department.
During his career, Mr. Nevitt’s accomplishments ranged over manufacturing, technology, marketing and organizing. Early in his career, he pioneered the production and marketing of asphalt in the Midwest and Rocky Mountain area of the United States. Through his efforts, a wide variety of asphalts for highway and industry were developed, produced and marketed. He was among the early members of the Asphalt Institute’s Board of Directors.
Mr. Nevitt was a long-time member of the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists (AAPT), serving on the Board of Directors from 1955 to 1959. He was elected President in 1957.
He authored or co-authored many technical papers and articles. A review of the Proceedings of AAPT will reveal articles in nine different issues. Throughout his asphalt career, he continually emphasized and re-emphasized the importance of fundamental principles involved in the application of asphalt to its various uses. He concerned himself with all phases of asphalt paving technology, with a deep concern for fundamentals and theory.
After recovering from a serious illness, he continued in his favorite work as a lecturer, consultant and writer until his death in 1965.