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Happy 100th, Bill Gianelli

Updated: Jul 10, 2020

One of the earliest and finest members of our firm celebrates his 100th birthday today.

From 1981 to 1984, Bill Gianelli served as Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works). Our founder, Bob Dawson, was his deputy and replaced Bill when Bill resigned. Among Bill’s many achievements was to negotiate the foundation for the landmark 1986 Water Resources Development Act.

For many years, Bill was a part of the Dawson team, providing our clients with expertise stemming from his years of exceptional service for the U.S. Government and the State of California. To mark Bill’s 100th birthday, our founder Bob Dawson offered the following tribute:

"Dear Bill,

You have been a great leader all your life, a leader in your family, your community, and your work, including especially your time in Sacramento leading the California Water Resources programs and in Washington, leading the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers programs.

Now you lead us all to 100 years on this earth.

I owe you so much for your leadership and your example which have shaped my life in so many ways.

I wish I could be there in person to wish you “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” and join your loved ones in celebrating a truly great life.

With every good wish and warm thoughts today,


For more about Bill’s career, including a well-deserved induction into the University of California-Berkeley’s Academy of Distinguished Alumni, click here.


The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Dawson & Associates.


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