D. Nels Reese

Idaho Genius – The Troutner Legacy: Architect, Inventor, Builder, Industrialist, Philanthropist.

Speaker:  D. Nels Reese

Arthur Troutner is one of those rare Idaho geniuses. His rags to riches story, of a poor boy from Pingree, Idaho, who fought in World War II, attended the University of Idaho and went on to not only build a number of cutting-edge modem homes in Boise, Sun Valley and Idaho Falls, but invented a building product that led to the development of a Fortune 500 corporation.  This all-Idaho lad created new and far reaching ways to use wood that changed America’s construction techniques forever.  He and his partner Harold “Red” Thomas led the wood products world by not only creating the Trus Joist Corporation, but they also created one of the most inventive structures in America-the University of Idaho’s Kibbie Dome.  In 1976, it earned the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Structural Achievement Award.