In Memoriam:

Anthony (Tony) J. Werderitsch

Tony was born in Chicago, Illinois where he attended Saint Patrick’s All Boy’s School, played offensive guard on the varsity football team, and fell in love with his sweetheart, Patricia (Pat). He was looking forward to celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this year. Tony attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, was a proud member of the Triangle Fraternity, and was active in the Army ROTC program his freshman year.

Tony started his career with Bethlehem Steel in Pennsylvania as a “looper”. . . within Bethlehem’s management training program where one makes a loop around all operations of the company. Tony loved to travel and accepted a job as a cost engineer in San Francisco, California with Bechtel Corporation building power plants around the world; Tony traveling to many of them.  When the family got homesick, they relocated to Jackson, Michigan, where Tony became a project controls manager with Commonwealth Associates. While on a family vacation to Disney World, Tony happened to stop and fill out an employment application, and before you knew it, the family ended up moving to Orlando where he became the project engineer of Lake Buena Vista (now known as Disney Springs). When the oil embargo hit Disney, Disney requested that Tony move back to California, however, the family opted to move to Ann Arbor, Michigan where he became the project controls manager at Townsend and Bottum.  At that point in his career, Tony decided to start his own company and asked Pat to join him in this endeavor and thus, Administrative Controls Management, Inc. opened its doors on March 1, 1985.

Tony had over five decades of experience in project management consulting, major engineering, and construction projects; was a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Florida; held the AACE designations of Certified Cost Professional (CCP) and Certified Forensic Claims Consultant (CFCC); and the PMI designation of Project Management Professional (PMP). His professional responsibilities included corporate project management oversight and operations and working as a departmental manager for project controls, estimating, planning, scheduling, and cost analysis. Tony co-authored ACM’s Construction Claims: Contract Changes, Contract Delays, and Claim Awareness; Project Management Planning & Scheduling; Planning & Scheduling; and Fundamentals of Cost Estimating training seminars. He wrote and presented many papers to professional societies and industry associations, served as an expert witness in construction delay claims, and was one of ACM’s key professional instructors.  An active member of AACE International since 1971, Tony taught/co-taught for AACE for a span of 30+ years. Under his leadership, ACM was the 2006 recipient of the Industry Appreciation Award, and became AACE’s first Approved Education Provider.  He wrote and presented numerous papers to professional groups and industries about total cost management (TCM) and was an expert on construction delay claims. Tony was previously honored by AACE as a Fellow (1987), Honorary Life Membership (1995), the O.T. Zimmerman Founder’s Award (2004), the Award of Merit (2015), and the Brian D. Dunfield Educational Service Award (2016).

Tony was a smart, generous, and caring man who gave of his time and talents to many. He was a beloved mentor to many in the project controls profession and was sought after internationally to present on project controls and was able to travel to England, the Middle East, and Poland to name a few.  

We are very thankful for your thoughts and prayers – they are greatly appreciated.