June 7, 1933 ~ July 29, 2020

Born in: Lake Park , Minnesota
Resided in: College Station, Texas

Vergil Gene Stover, of College Station passed away on Wednesday, July 29th, 2020, at the age of 87. Vergil was born on June 7, 1933, in Lake Park, Minnesota, to Vergil and Edna Stover. Vergil is preceded in death by his brothers, Wayne, Thayne, Merlin “Skip”, and Vereen “Buddy” Stover.

There will be no public funeral services. Vergil will be laid to rest in the College Station Cemetery alongside his wife of 53 years, Mary Sue Stover, who preceded him in death.

In 1955, Dr. Stover earned his undergraduate degree from Ohio University and earned his Ph.D. in Transportation, Planning, and Economics, from Purdue University in 1960. Dr. Stover was a Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University. He worked at the Texas Transportation Institute for many years and then followed this with numerous years of teaching at Texas A&M University. He was a consummate professional who was highly respected, leaving a legacy that spanned several decades and many organizations.

Dr. Stover was recognized as an international expert on access management and roadway design and was co-Principal Investigator for the first National Access Management Manual. As an engineer and economist, he served as a consultant on major development projects, was an expert witness on access and site development cases and assisted numerous state and local agencies in developing access management programs and standards.

Dr. Stover was an emeritus member of the Transportation Research Board Committee on Access Management and a Life Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. He authored many influential publications in the field of Urban Planning, Transportation, and Land Development and received numerous highly influential citations over his long and distinguished career. This included serving as the principal author of the Institution of Transportation Engineers text, Transportation and Land Development (ITE 2002). After retiring from Texas A&M in 1991, Dr. Stover began a long career as an expert in transportation and site development. As a partner in S & K Enterprises, he provided consulting services for transportation and urban planning for clients world-wide and served as Consulting Chair on the Florida Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida. He also worked for the National Highway Institute teaching professional development courses for city planners and traffic engineers across the nation.

Vergil will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather, with a great love of the outdoors. Among his favorite activities was his annual fishing trip with his sons to Canada, which continued for many years until he reached the age of 85.

Vergil is survived by his brother Eddie, sons and daughters-in-law: Ken and Becky Stover, of College Station, Texas; Terry Stover, of Pleasanton, California; Curt and Susan Stover, of Vienna, Virginia; four wonderful grandchildren, Rob, Jon, Lauren, and Leah Stover; and great grandson, Therin Stover.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that all donations be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1200 Foxfire Drive, College Station, Texas 77845.

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Vergil Eugene Stover, Ph.D., P.E. 's name.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church

1200 Foxfire Drive
College Station, TX

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  1. Vergil will be missed by his transportation colleagues. He was a significant contributor to the advancement of the science of roadway design and safety. He was working as recently as 2018. His research, publications and participation with the Transportation Research Board, a division of the National Academies of Sciences helped improve design standards nationwide. His teaching prepared students to do excellent work in civil engineering. Most importantly, by improving roadway design at the system level, through his research reports, manuals and education, his work resulted in reduced traffic accidents. We are all safer on today’s roads because of Vergil’s dedication to his long career in engineering.

  2. We are so saddened to hear of Vergil’s passing and praying for peace for his family! We enjoyed living next door to him for 15 years! He was a great neighbor and we enjoyed several years of Big Event groups together.

  3. I am grateful to have worked with Vergil for years to improve our transportation system through the TRB Access Management Committee. There are many people who are alive today because of the expertise that he so freely shared with us. We will miss him.

    • I remember Virgil not only as a transportation planning and engineering expert in access management but also as a mentor who always encouraged the very young person I was when I first joined the TRB Access Management committee. I learned so much from him. You will truly be missed by so many where your shared generously all your knowledge and experience.

  4. He had quite an impact on access management in South Africa, and will be missed. I had the privilege to have met him a few times and will not forget his enthusiasm. Condolences to his family.

  5. A favorite joke of Vergil’s when things got tough was go home and have some tequila. It won’t solve anything, but you’ll feel a lot better! He was such fun to work with and so full of energy and commitment. It was my good fortune to have had the opportunity to have him as a colleague for so many years. Goodbye dear friend and mentor. I will miss you dearly.

  6. Deepest condolences to the entire Stover family he was a great father who raised some super Aggies. He will be missed.

  7. Dr. Stover had a lasting impact on me as he chaired my masters committee in 1986-1987. He has made us all safer – and I tend to think of his principals every time I look at access to shopping centers. “Speed bumps indicate a mistake in design” is something I remember. I learned later that he worked at Wilbur Smith Associates when I landed there in the early 2000’s. A great man has passed but his legacy lives on.

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