ACPA is mourning the passing of Kirsten Stahl, District Materials Engineer with Caltrans.  She died unexpectedly last week.  

We remember her as someone who was not only well respected by her staff and colleagues, but also by those of us in the industry who worked with her on pavement projects.

Over her career, Kirsten was an energetic participant in several pavement preservation activities of ACPA and IGGA, and was considered among the most open to innovation and embracing new ideas, said Jerry Voigt, ACPA President & CEO. She was involved with pioneering rapid reconstruction and repair techniques for pavements around Los Angeles, where she worked for Caltrans District 7. 

“Her input as an agency representative was always welcome and she was always appreciated for her desire to advance ideas.  She had a very refreshing ‘can do’ nature,” Jerry remembers. 

Jerrel Kam, District 7 Deputy Director for Design said she and a colleague were recently instrumental in trailblazing the use of precast concrete panels, which are now a standard for repairing some of the most heavily trafficked freeways in the nation.

Kirsten came from an important lineage within Caltrans.  Her mother, Marilyn Jorgenson Reece, a Senior Transportation Engineer, was the first female registered engineer in the State of California. Her father Alvin was a Caltrans Transportation Engineer before moving on to the County of Los Angeles, and her late husband Stewart Stahl, was a 40-year Transportation Engineering veteran and well respected designer in Caltrans’ District 7.  Her father-in-law Ernie Stahl also was an Engineering Technician with the Department.

Just a few days removed from celebrating Women in Construction Week, ACPA extends our heartfelt sympathies to those that had to pleasure to know and to work with Kirsten.   We hold up her memory as inspiration to all young women entering or thinking about pursuing a career in a construction field, including in concrete paving.

Funeral arrangements for Kirsten Stahl are as follows: 

Rosary Service: Sunday, March 25, at 7 p.m. (PDT) at Custer/Christiansen Mortuary, 124 S Citrus Ave, Covina, CA 91723.

Funeral Mass: Monday, March 26, at 10 a.m., St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, 621 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007. 

Lunch Reception:  A reception will follow at Caltrans District 7, at 100 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012.  District 7’s office is about a 10-minute drive from the church.

Committal Service:  Tuesday, March 27th at 11:10 a.m., Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd, Riverside, CA 92518.  Please plan to arrive no later than 11:10 a.m. to Staging Area #7, where cars are lined up to proceed to the grave at the appointed time.  Her service is scheduled to begin promptly at 11:31 a.m. and will be brief, per military procedures in accordance with the cemetery.  Kirsten is being buried next to her beloved husband Stewart who predeceased her in December of 2016.

Memorial Gifts:  In lieu of flowers, the family of Kirsten Stahl have requested gifts in memoriam to Cats in Need of Human Care, an organization of volunteers who work to find forever homes for homeless pets, and also promote spaying/neutering and responsible ownership.  Please follow this link to make a contribution: