Walter L. Dickey (1995) began his masonry career as a mason tender and brick layer. He later helped develop the design philosophy and use of reinforced masonry, and he wrote one of the best-known masonry textbooks on the topic. He was instrumental in the establishment of TMS, and served as the second president (1979 -1981). He founded the Masonry Institute of America in 1960, and assisted in forming the Western States Clay Products Association. He also taught at the University of California, Berkeley and California State, Pomona. Mr. Dickey passed away in 2002.