Paul French Haggard

Published 9:26 am Tuesday, September 19, 2023

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Paul French Haggard of Lexington, Kentucky was born on October 6, 1938, and passed away on September 8, 2023. He was the son of the late Clarence W. and Mae Belle Leach Haggard. He is predeceased by his brother Harold Blane Haggard and sister Nancye Ruth Grigalis.

Paul graduated from Clark County High School and the University of Kentucky with B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil and structural engineering. He completed one year of postgraduate work at Virginia Tech towards his doctorate while teaching full-time in the Civil Engineering Department. He was a registered Professional Engineer and Land
Surveyor in 15 states.

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Paul was a charter member and Treasurer of the Kentucky section of the Structural Engineers Association. He was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, serving as Secretary, Treasurer, and Chairman of the Kentucky section. He served as Chairman of the District Council which included Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Indiana. He worked on many special design projects for the Department of Defense. After retirement, he continued to be active as an independent consultant and as an adjunct professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Kentucky.

Paul had a passion for history and genealogy. He was a member of the Kentucky Historical Society, Treasurer and President of the Clark County Historical Society, and a member of the Estill County Red River Historical Society. He was also a Kentucky Colonel and Spindle Top Country Club member. He found great pleasure in farming and raised Red Angus cattle and was a member of the Red Angus Society.

Paul is survived by his wife, Carol Hudson Haggard; children Paul David Haggard, Teresa (Ted) Peyser, Scott Daniel (Melissa) Haggard and Kimberly Ann Bowman; grandchildren Patrick Paul Sheehan, Veronica Haggard, Mitchell Haggard, Vivian Haggard, Mason Haggard, Corbin (Stephanie) Brown and Chandler Stamm; great-grandchildren Hudson Brown and Norah Collins Brown; brother Tandy Haggard; and sisters Ann Eckles, Joyce Manley, and Dorothy Carol Cavender.

At Paul’s request, there will be no formal service. He asks for you to please celebrate his life by thinking happy thoughts of all your memories of him. His remains will rest in the Winchester Cemetery in Winchester, Kentucky.

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