Larry Depp was born in Murray, Kentucky on August 3, 1931. He grew up in Owensboro with his sister Virginia and two brothers, John and Bob, where he graduated from Owensboro Senior High School in 1949. He enrolled at the University of Kentucky in the College of Engineering in 1949, where he graduated in February 1954 with a BS in Civil Engineering. He went to work for Johnson, Depp and Quisenberry, Consulting Engineers, in Owensboro, KY. Mr. Depp joined the U.S. Air Force in June 1954 as a Second Lieutenant and was assigned to Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio. In August 1954 he married Carmen Pigue of Fulton, Kentucky and two weeks later he was assigned to the 6611th Air Base Squadron in Narsarsuak, Greenland, otherwise known as BW1, on the southern tip of Greenland and known in the Air Force as the “Miami of the North”. He served as an Air Installation Officer with the responsibility for Maintenance and Construction. He was discharged from the Air Force in June 1956 as a First Lieutenant and returned to Owensboro to resume working with JD&Q. He and his wife Carmen had four children, Karen (deceased), Dana, David, and Dianne. Dana and David are UKgraduates. Dianne graduated from Western Kentucky University.
In 1970 upon the retirement of J. Sam Johnson, Mr. Depp was elected President of Johnson, Depp & Quisenberry, Consulting Engineers. The firm has worked with the Transportation Cabinets of Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois assisting them in the design and construction supervision of numerous Interstate, Toll Roads, and primary and secondary facilities throughout each state. The firm is primarily involved in transportation and structural design, environmental coordination, industrial and private development facilities, construction coordination and surveying services, and has offices in Kentucky and Illinois.
Mr. Depp is a registered engineer in the states of Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee, West Virginia and Florida. He has throughout his career served in many capacities on numerous professional, community, financial and civic boards and committees. He has served as President of ACEC of KY, the KSPE, and the KBT; as a National Director of ACEC, and the NSPE; has served on the Boards of the above as well as AIK, KY Independent College Foundation, KY Jaycees, KY Wesleyan College, KY Highway Industries PAC, Central Bank & Trust Co. of Owensboro, and National City Bank of Owensboro. He was recognized by the KSPE with its Distinguished Service Award in 1975 and it’s Achievement in Private Practice Award in 1984.
Mr. Depp is very indebted to his wife, Lena, his family, his JDQ Partners and associates, and their employees for their many years of work in establishing the firm of Johnson, Depp and Quisenberry as one of the most qualified professional design firms in the states of Kentucky and Illinois. He is very proud of the many civil engineering design projects that the firm has participated in over his 48 years in the profession. He enjoys thinking of all the transportation and other engineering facilities that the firm has designed in the states of Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois, that will be available to the public and his family for many years to come.
Larry is enjoying retirement in Frankfort, Kentucky, visiting with his children and grandchildren, Dana and Bill and their two children Amanda and Weston in Louisville; Dianne and her little daughter Taylor in Alpharetta, GA; and David who currently serves as Chief Structural Engineer for JDQ in Lexington. Larry and Lena spend a little time on the golf course and traveling.