Alan Hanson Mattock

June 24, 2014

By Contributor

Alan Hanson Mattock, of Issaquah, passed away June 6, 2014, at his son Michael’s home in California. He was 89 years of age.

Born Jan. 2, 1925, in Halifax, England, to Edith and W. Austin Mattock, Alan was raised in that city. He continued his education at Halifax Technical College, where he studied between 1942 and 1945, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in engineering with first class honors and was also awarded a Royal scholarship, which he was unable to take up until after his term of National Service.

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Between 1945 and 1947, Alan was engaged at work at a building research station, and in the Lancashire County Surveyor’s Department. Then, in 1947, he took up his Royal scholarship award and was for two years a graduate student at the Imperial College of London University. In 1947, he was awarded his Master of Science in engineering for a thesis on research in design of pre-stressed concrete.

He was married to Margaret Julia Mattock on Aug. 20, 1949, at St. James’s Spanish Place, London, England. After marriage, Alan and Margaret traveled to British Guiana, South America, where Alan was a district engineer.

Alan and Margaret returned to London in 1952, where Alan was a lecturer in civil engineering at the Imperial College, London University, and in 1955 was awarded his Ph.D. for research on the ultimate strength of pre-stressed concrete beams. They moved to Glenview, Ill., in 1957, where Alan directed one of the research teams at the Chicago headquarters of the Portland Cement Association. Alan and Margaret then moved to Seattle in 1964, when Alan was appointed a full professor at the University of Washington.

Alan remained actively engaged in research throughout the rest of his life, publishing well into his 80s as well as working as a referee and senior adviser to engineering research teams and standards-setting organizations. He was honored by several professional organizations for his significant contributions to civil engineering research.

Alan and Margaret lived in Lake Forest Park for 31 years and later in Woodinville, before moving to Issaquah in 2003.

Survivors include sons Christopher P. Mattock, of Vancouver, B.C., Canada, and Michael G. Mattock, of Los Angeles; daughter Elizabeth M. Mattock, of Bellingham; grandchildren Kristin, Megan, Andrew, David and Shaan; and great-grandson Marshall.

The family invites you to view photos and sign the online guestbook at

Arrangements are entrusted to Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory.

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