SAME Al Rowe and Sy Liebmann Scholarship

The SAME Atlanta Post wishes to recognize and honor the lives of Sy Liebmann and Al Rowe, two long-term Post members. These scholarships are awarded to encourage and assist qualified students who wish to pursue a college education in engineering, architecture, science, math, and related degrees so that they, in turn, might further the goals and exemplify the ideals of SAME. The Sy Liebmann and Al Rowe Post Scholarship Program awards one scholarship to a graduating high school senior and/or one scholarship to a current college student or post-graduate student, depending upon available scholarship funds.

Background on Al Rowe and Sy Liebmann


Al was born in Dubuque, Iowa and graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Civil Engineering. He obtained his master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Iowa State. Al served in Korea and Vietnam while then continuing to serve 29 years in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers before retiring in 1983.

During his service, Al received the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal. Al also attended the Army War College and was the honorary graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College. He joined SAME in 1959 and earned his Fellow status in 1994. Al was named a James Lucas Emeritus Chair in 2007, and he served as Atlanta Post President in 1990.

Al and Donna moved to the Atlanta area in 1983 when he went to work for Lockheed as a Research and Development Engineer. He joined the Atlanta Post shortly thereafter and was an active member for over 30 years.

Al passed away on January 21, 2014 after suffering from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) as a result of exposure to Agent Orange while serving in the Vietnam War. We miss our dear friend and colleague, but we are glad to continue to remember Al through this scholarship.


Seymour (Sy) Liebmann grew up in the Hudson Highlands of New York on a small apple and dairy farm. He joined the United States Army in 1948 after graduating from Clarkson College of Technology, now Clarkson University. His training at the US Army Engineer School led to a military career in various engineering units. Sy was stationed in Germany as part of the Berlin Airlift, and he served in the Korean War earning the Korean Service Medal with three bronze battle stars in addition to a variety of awards through his 30 years of active duty, including the prestigious Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal. Sy ultimately retired as a Colonel, but he remained affiliated with the Army Office of Chief of Engineers in Washington, DC for an additional 18 years. A parallel career as a contractor and construction consultant in private industry led Sy to found and lead Liebmann Associates, Inc., where he has actively served as president since 1979.

Having a lifelong commitment to Scouting, Sy has also been recognized with numerous awards for his volunteer leadership. A veteran of many Peachtree Road Races and Army Ranger Runs, he has backpacked all over the world with the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club. Sy’s legacy of service and engagement honors the lessons of his parents and earliest role models that true citizenship entails not just rights, but responsibilities to the greater good of the community and nation.

Sy was a Fellow and Life Member of SAME, a former National Director, Past President of the Atlanta Post, and Sy was recognized as the James Lucas Chair in 1994. He was Lifetime Member of the Atlanta Post Board of Directors, and, with dedication to the Post, Sy continued to attend Atlanta Post Board meetings into his late 80s. Sy passed away in November 2015 after a period of declining health, but we are honored to have Sy’s legacy continue through the award of this scholarship.