Werner H. Quasebarth

werner quasebarth

Werner H. Quasebarth, retired CEO of Atlas Machine and Iron Works, Inc., formerly located in Gainesville, Virginia, was dedicated to an active life of service through his leadership in industry and community organizations. He died quietly at his residence at the age of 87.

Mr. Quasebarth was born in Washington, D.C., grew up in Alexandria and Bethesda, and graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. In 1949, he began his career with Atlas Machine & Iron Works, founded by his father in 1931. Following his service in the Coast Guard, he continued his work at Atlas, as an estimator, production manager, and president. He served as Chairman and CEO from 1975 until his retirement in 1998. Atlas engineered, fabricated, and constructed heavy metal weldments for steel bridges, complex multi-story buildings, and nuclear power plants. Notable achievements include the construction of the Netherlands Carillon near Arlington National Cemetery, the original control tower at Dulles International Airport, the FBI Building in Washington D.C., and many highway and interstate bridges. Participation in the construction of the World Trade Center was a hallmark of Mr. Quasebarth’s career, and a source of pride to Atlas’ many highly qualified engineers and steel workers.

Mr. Quasebarth served many years as a Director and Chair of the American Welding Institute, and of the American Institute of Steel Construction, and as a counselor to the American Welding Society. He was also an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, a Director of Ross Industries, the National Capital Bank, and the C.M. Russell Museum in Montana, and a member of the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board.

Charming everyone with the lively twinkle of his blue eyes, Mr. Quasebarth was known for his sense of adventure and his story-telling. He married his loving wife, Elaine (nee Carpenter) in 1954, and together they raised their family in Nokesville, Virginia. Mr. Quasebarth was a parishioner of St. John’s Catholic Church, in Warrenton, Virginia where he served as the president of the PTA when his children were young. In his last years, Mr. Quasebarth was an active advocate for residents at The Virginian, the retirement community where he lived, serving as resident association treasurer and on the finance committee.

Mr. Quasebarth is survived by his wife, Elaine C. Quasebarth; children Elise Quasebarth, Eric Anderson, Christopher Quasebarth, Kurt Quasebarth, and Gretchen Cassidy, and their wonderful spouses; and eight beautiful grandchildren, Elexa, Dashiell, Jasper, Griffin, Madeline, Hollis, Eleanor, and Sylvia. He was predeceased by infant son, Karl; a brother, Norman A. Quasebarth, Jr.; and his parents, Hilma and Norman A. Quasebarth, Sr.

A funeral mass will be held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 271 Winchester Street, Warrenton, Virginia, on February 2, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. Inurnment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, 34 Washington Street, Ste. 310, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481.

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