ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Construction industry pioneer and innovator Lorenz “Lorry” T. Bannes died on Dec. 26 at the age of 88.
Bannes was the devoted husband and best friend of Debbie Bannes and the late Janet A. Bannes. He was a loving father of Stephen, Michael and the late Rev. Timothy Bannes and the grandfather of five.
The winner of a state track championship during his years at CBC High School, Bannes went on to Saint Louis University and graduated with honors from the Institute of Technology with a degree in civil engineering. He served three years in the U.S. Air Force.
Bannes’ St. Louis-based engineering career led to his reputation as one of the most influential, respect individuals in the construction industry. At age 36, he became president and CEO of Gamble Construction Co. Instrumental in the construction of the St. Louis Planetarium, Banes was named Young Engineer of the Year by the Society of Professional Engineers.
In 1972, Bannes co-founded Bannes-Shaughnessy Inc. with his IT classmate and Gamble colleague Joe Shaunghnessy. The firm would become one of the largest, most successful general contracting firms in the area, today known as BSI Constructors, Inc.
Bannes’ career success was topped only by his passion to serve and give back. In his final act of unselfishness, he donated his body to SLU School of Medicine in an effort to further research of inclusion body myositis to help others since he was afflicted with this muscle disease for 20 years.
Donations in memory of Lorry Bannes are requested for: CBC High School – Janet Bannes Memorial Scholarship Fund, Father Bob’s Outreach and Burkina Faso Outreach.