2006 Distinguished alumni awards

Waite Dalrymple
Tumwater, Washington
College graduate 1965
Professional achievement award

Mr. Waite Dalrymple almost never made it to Saint Martin’s. But one summer, as a psychology student at the University of Washington, he found work at the Department of Transportation. He discovered his love of engineering. He immediately enrolled at SMC and graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1965. Dalrymple attributes much of his successes to the discipline, guidance and quality of education he received from Fr. Richard Cebula and other Saint Martin’s monks and faculty.

The 1969 co-founder of Parametrix Inc., a Sumner-based consulting firm specializing in water/wastewater engineering, waste management, transportation engineering, environmental sciences and architecture, Dalrymple continued his education at Washington State University and earned a M.S. in Environmental Engineering in 1966.

Under Dalrymple’s leadership, Parametrix made several major contributions to better living in the Pacific Northwest. One of the company’s largest tasks was the writing of the environmental impact statement for Sound Transit, the light rail system for three counties in the Puget Sound area. And in 1999, Parametrix joined only a handful of U.S. companies that were 100 percent employee owned. “Selling the company to the employees,” said Dalrymple, “was one of my most satisfying personal achievements.” Participation in the ESOP program not only allowed Parametrix to insure that the strong, corporate culture would remain intact, but also to guarantee a secure future for all of its employees.

While today he considers himself ‘semi-retired’, his boundless generosity and energy are felt around the world. In addition to remaining an active member on the Board of Directors for Parametrix Inc, Dalrymple is also a Saint Martin’s University Board Trustee, a member of the Advisory Board for the College of Engineering at Washington State University, and a member of the Board of Directors of ESOP Association in Washington D.C. He dedicates countless hours to SMU as a member of the President’s Campus Development Committee as well as a member of the University’s Facilities Committee. In 2002 Dalrymple’s joy in participating in creative problem solving led he and his wife, Patty, to ‘adopt’ Shipanuka, a small aids-ravaged village in Zambia, Africa. Through their work with World Vision the Dalrymples have watched as this small community grew healthy. Together they have helped this village develop clean water sources, improve agriculture practices, and affect healthy medical services. They have actively introduced several micro-enterprises to the community and are constantly touched by how big something so small as a mosquito net can be.

Dalrymple and his wife Patty live in Tumwater. They have two children, Cherry and Koni, and one grandchild, Austin.