It is with a heavy heart we report Dr. David Jenkins passed away this weekend. He was 85 years old.
Dr. Jenkins was a Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at UC Berkeley from 1966 to 1999, a member of their Academy of Distinguished Alumni, a sought after wastewater treatment expert and a long-standing member and volunteer for CWEA and the Water Environment Federation (WEF).
Looking back in CWEA’s archives, we found Dr. Jenkins’ first article published in our journal in 1961, according to Dr. Nick Pinhey, CWEA’s History Work Group leader. Dr. Jenkins was a member in CWEA for 60 years and possibly longer. When he joined, the association was known as the California Water Pollution Control Association (CWPCA).
Dr. Jenkins spoke frequently at CWEA and WEF conferences and was willing to lend a helping hand to a student, a fellow CWEA member or assist an agency with their treatment plant challenges. Dr. Jenkins always answered the call for help from wastewater operators and we are forever grateful for his kind and generous contributions to our profession.
He is affectionately known as the “FlocDoc” because of his expertise in researching and analyzing the activated sludge process, the most common and efficient method for wastewater treatment used around the world. It was a nickname Dr. Jenkins embraced, using the email handle “flocdoc” when he set-up his consulting practice. Floc is short for flocculation. Dr. Jenkins research included looking at the mass of microorganisms in wastewater treatment, and the absorbed organic and inorganic materials that clump together during the activated sludge process.
He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering; Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water Environment and Management (UK) and was conferred Honorary Life Memberships by CWEA, WEF and the International Water Association.
One way to celebrate Dr. Jenkins life is to contribute to the Kirt Brooks Scholarship Fund. Please be sure to select Dr. Jenkins name from the drop down list to let us know you are contributing in his memory. Donate here >