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Nils O. B. Skorve ’55: March 15, 2018

Posted 6/6/2018 1:00:00 AM

Nils Olai Skorve died on March 15, 2018, at home in his winter residence.

He was born in Bergen, Norway, on June 20, 1929, to Ivar Skorve and Berit (Berge) Skorve. In an engineering career that spanned more than six decades, he was president and chief executive officer of EVROKS, a Lakes Region firm specializing in bridge building that he founded in 1983.

After attending local schools and serving in the Norwegian Army, Mr. Skorve first came to the United States as a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Focusing on structural engineering, he was awarded a baccalaureate degree in civil engineering and graduated in 1955. In college, he was a member of the Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the ski team. Following graduation, he worked in Canada and for several firms in the United States. Major affiliations as a consulting engineer included Arvida (Arthur Vining Davis), Leap Associates in Florida, the first engineering firm in the country dedicated exclusively to the precast/prestressed concrete industry, and the Dues Corporation of Ohio, where he was vice president. He was also part of the engineering team that developed new manufacturing facilities for Prince macaroni in New Jersey and Lowell, Massachusetts. Nils came to New Hampshire in the 1960s and joined the Westcott Concrete Company, working on the Laconia Junior High School project, among others. In its 35 years to date, Evroks grew with his leadership in projects of all sizes, throughout New Hampshire and other Northeastern communities.

He is a former president of the Associated General Contractors of New Hampshire, elected following long-term contributions of committee service and membership support. He loved Gil Schohan, the most important person in his life, and their Cotton Hill home. Together they designed Troldhaugen, a hidden hilltop home with commanding vistas of area lakes, mountain ranges, and exquisite sunsets. Its name gave tribute to his birthplace and the 1885 Bergen villa of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, overlooking Nordas Lake, an ocean, and seven mountains. Nils shared 36 years of milestones with “Gilsie,” including his United States citizenship on July 10, 1992—marked with the installation of a tall flagpole at their cherished retreat. Hiking, skiing, herding cats and small dogs, along with the occasional visiting bear, were all favorite activities from home. Three generations of Norwegian relatives visited often, and he also enjoyed frequent returns to his beloved Scandinavian region.


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