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Kirk Mescher

Kirk Travis Mescher passed away on Wednesday, August 19, 2015. He was 59. A founding partner of CM Engineering in 1993, Kirk’s expertise in energy efficiency was recognized worldwide; he was universally acknowledged as a leading expert in geothermal design. His One PipeTM system can be found in public buildings across the country. Engineering nerds often referred to him as “Senor Juan Pipe”. Kirk (a gifted liar) claimed his designs to be “so simple, they’re pathetic.”

He was an active member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), where he chaired multiple committees, sat on the board of directors, was named a distinguished lecturer, and drank a lot of wine. He received numerous awards for his service, mentored dozens and irritated all into loving him unconditionally.

An avid NASCAR fan and former dirt track champion, Kirk helped design and build some of NASCAR racer Carl Edwards Jr.’s earliest cars.

He is survived by his wife, Kelly Klopfenstein Mescher and two daughters Kris and Kelsey Mescher, as well as his mother, Wanda Mescher, brother, Doug Mescher and sister, Jill Smith. He passed away from complications after a recent heart attack; unfortunately not in the hands of a jealous lover or a victorious, flaming race car wreck, as he would have liked.

To honor Kirk and his life’s work, a scholarship in his name specific to the design of ground source heat pumps is being established. If you wish to contribute to the scholarship’s endowment fund, please make your donation to:

Kirk Mescher Award
note "ASHRAE/KTM Award" on the memo line

and mailed directly to:

Renaissance Financial
Attn: John Bayer
5700 Oakland Avenue #400
St. Louis, MO 63110

He will be missed by all who knew him. As Kirk would often say of his life: “He might not have been old...but at least he was ugly.”

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