Name: Granville Moorman Read
Birth: 18 MAR 1894 in Bedford Co., VA
Granville Moorman Read (1894-1962) worked for DuPont's Engineering Department in many capacities before becoming Chief Engineer after World War II. Read studied engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, then joined DuPont in 1915 when the company's Engineering Department was just over a decade old. By 1930 he had become Assistant Director of the Industrial Engineering Division, a position he held for 10 years until transferring to the Construction Division. After the United States entered World War II in 1941, Read managed DuPont's War Construction Program. He became DuPont's Assistant Chief Engineer in 1943 when his predecessor joined the Navy. In that capacity Read lead DuPont's massive effort to construct and operate the Hanford Engineer Works in Washington. Hanford produced plutonium for the Manhattan Project, whose research culminated in a successful nuclear detonation at Alamogordo, New Mexico, in 1945.
As DuPont's Chief Engineer after the war, Read helped negotiate an agreement with U.S. government officials by which DuPont would construct and operate the Savannah River nuclear energy plant in Aiken, South Carolina. Like Hanford, the Savannah River Plant was one of the largest construction projects ever undertaken. Read celebrated the 50th anniversary of DuPont's Engineering Department in 1953 by moving his team into the new Louviers office building outside Wilmington, Delaware. At Louviers his 2,000-member staff of designers, construction experts and engineers helped DuPont build new facilities and renovate old plants for new processes. Granville Read won the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' Medal in 1955 and was the Delaware Engineering Society's first Engineer of the Year in 1955.
In the chapter on the Stately Homes of Bedford Co., VA: READ-MOOR, near
New London Academy on Route 811, originally the home of Barlow Read, has been rebuilt and renovated by his nephew Granville Moorman Read, and
Mrs. Read of Wilmington, Delaware, where he is chief engineer of E. I.
duPont de Nemours & Company. Mr. Read acquired "Read-Moor" in 1936. .
.he is the son of Prof. Daniel Warwick Read and his wife, Laura Moorman
Read, who were teachers at New London Academy from 1885 to 1896. Prof. Read was principal and Mrs. Read taught music and art. This son was
born on the Academy campus. He was educated at Virginia Polytechnic
Institute and in Paris, where he studied art, Science, and architecture
for four years. The name "Read-Moor" was suggested by his mother, who
spent the summers here until her death in 1941. . .Mr. Read spends his
vacations here, where his hobby is raising fine cattle on his more than
1,000 acres of rolling pasture lands and hay fields.
Father: Daniel Warwick Read b: MAY 1852 in Virginia
Mother: Laura Moorman b: JUL 1866 in Bedford Co., VA