Adolph Frederick Meyer was born February 28, 1880 on a farm near Mequon, Wisconsin. He graduated from Oshkosh Normal School (Oshkosh, Wis.) and taught school from 1898 to 1901. He earned civil engineering degrees from the University of Wisconsin in 1905 and in 1909.
Meyer established his practice as a consulting engineer with the opening of an office in St. Paul in 1912. A few years later he and Francis C. Shenehon formed a joint practice in Minneapolis as Shenehon and Meyer, Consulting and Designing Engineers (1918-1923). After this, Meyer practiced alone for many years as Adolph F. Meyer, Consulting Hydraulic Engineer, with his office in Minneapolis. By the 1950s he had taken Douglas W. Barr as an associate. Meyer died on July 29, 1962. Barr carried on the practice, which eventually became Barr Engineering Company.
Meyer was an Associate Professor of Hydraulic Engineering at the University of Minnesota (1914-1917). He was an inventor of paper mill machinery, which was manufactured by his Meyer Governor Company. In the 1930s Meyer participated in Associated Consulting Engineers (Minneapolis), specializing in hydrology, water supply, flood control, drainage, and sewage disposal. He was a life member of both the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
From the guide to the Adolph F. Meyer papers., 1901-1971., (Minnesota Historical Society)