February 28, 1956 ~ March 6, 2019

Born in: Jerusalem,
Resided in: Littleton, CO

Khamis Haramy, 63, of Littleton, passed into the arms of Jesus on March 6, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. Born on February 28, 1956 in Jerusalem he is the son of the late Yousef and Adla (Abdo) Haramy. Khamis married Kathy Haramy on January 30, 1999 and together they shared 20 years of marriage.

Khamis was a geotechnical engineer. He loved his work and is renowned worldwide for his expertise and contribution in his field.
He enjoyed life, his faith, family, work, and all kinds of working out. He was a valiant, helpful, energetic, giving individual.

In addition to his wife, Kathy, he is survived by his son, Joseph Haramy and daughter, Molly Abate his siblings, Abe Homsi, Sophie Stevens, Lee Homsi, Maha Bickel, Ghada Mazbar and Muna Hall.

He is preceded in death by his son, Tyler Abate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Khamis’ name to the Glioblastoma Foundation, P.O.Box 62066, Durham, NC 27715. Link: https://glioblastomafoundation.org/get-involved/donate

A Memorial Service for Khamis will be held on April 4, 2019 at 2:00pm at Foot Hills Bible Church, 6100 S Devinney Way, Littleton, CO 80127.

Memories Timeline


  1. Khamis was always a pleasure to work with and to be around. I will miss our many conversations and his awesome positive attitude.

  2. Khamis, was extremely knowledgeable in his profession and was helpful with his line of work. He will be missed.

  3. Khamis was so knowledgeable and was well liked by his co-workers. I was very privileged to have worked with him for many years. I loved his stories and his willingness to push for what he thought was the right answer to a problem. He is sorely missed at the office and we have lost a great innovator in the geotechnical and transportation field. Rest in Peace, Khamis.

  4. To a good friend and inspiration! He lived his life at full throttle and gave his energy to his friends and life. You will be missed Kamish. So until we meet again my friend!

  5. Khamis was the consummate gentleman, friend, engineer, and an outstanding human being. Greatly missed…but an honor to have known him.

  6. Khamis helped mold me into the Engineer and person I am today. He was such a joy and so very smart. I learned so much from him – how to be a better geotech engineer, how to chase your dreams, and how to be a better person. The world has lost a great man!

  7. Khamis was much more than a technical expert, though he was certainly that as well. He always wanted to know how you were doing as a person and connect in order to better understand people and the world. He would always tell me he learned more from me than I did from him, but I’ll forgive him that which certainly wasn’t true. I don’t regret the thank you email I sent for the drilled shaft lesson you gave me, though it did get me in some hot water Khamis 🙂 I think we better increase the factor of safety on future designs without you here reviewing them. You will be missed my friend. Be at peace.

  8. I got to know Khamis for the first time when we made a special request to bring his wealth of knowledge to Detroit, Michigan to resolve geotechnical issues on new Gordie Howe International bridge crossing. He was humble, outgoing, friendly and always had a smile on his face. Over the years we stayed in touch. Whenever I went to the Lakewood office, CO I made a point of seeing him. He was always there to welcome me with a smile on his face. I was shocked to hear about his illness and now he leaves us too early. Khamis and his family are in my thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace!!! You will be missed but never forgotten!!!

  9. Khamis was one of the few people I have ever met who was welcoming, open, and supportive of a person’s professional and personal growth. He always welcomed me with kindness and compassion while also making me consider my choices and their consequences. I didn’t get the opportunity to work much with Khamis. When I did, I always looked forward to it like a kid going to see the “cool” uncle. You knew it was going to be a great experience and some where you’d learn a life lesson along the way.

  10. Dear Kathy &Family . Our deapest sympathy and condolences for your loss. God bless his soul and Rest In Peace, he will be missed and remembered forever .

  11. Dear Kathy & family,
    You have my deepest condolences for your loss. As you already know, he was a great man and friend to many folks. He was a very smart and wonderful man who inspired many of us to be better in many ways. I felt like I’d known him forever even though I had only worked with him for the past 5-6 years. Over the time I worked with him, we got to be good friends who’d call each other up and try to figure out how to do it differently or how to make it better. Khamis pushed me to use my innovative side as I’d always seen him reach down deep and think about and/or research on how we can do it versus the traditional “we can’t do that” answer commonly received from many of our colleagues. I owe a good part of my innovative drive due to my working with Khamis. I will never forget the experience that I had working hand and hand with Khamis on the same team. I will miss our many visits and phone calls where we only talked about work a very small percentage of time. We will all miss him dearly. He will be remembered for forever.

  12. Khamis was always willing to give me great advice during some very tough times in my life. He cared for me even though sometimes I seemed to only care about myself. He was one of many who helped guide me toward the light of God and I thank him for that. He cared, loved, and knew a LOT about Geotechincal Engineering. One of my favorite things about him was that he spent a lot of time and energy so that the people around him (no matter who it was) cared, loved, and knew a lot about Geotechnical Engineering as well. Rest in peace, Khamis.

  13. Louis Qussar
    My wonder friend
    I feel I lost a brother. You were my help when I needed you.
    When I bought a new house he designed the deck, figured altt the material needed, brought his tools, built the deck from footage to staining the wood, two months later helped me with the fence. There more things helped me with. He looked behind our fence and the weeds in neighbor backyard he wanted th call them and install a sprinkler system for them……
    He so helpful to all who ask he is giving of his time, money, expertise.
    Khamis was all you wanted him to be. I told him days before he went to heaven that Jesus ordered to paint his eternal mansion to be ready for him, he just smiled.
    Ruth and are missing you.

  14. He was the “real deal”! I will always remember Khamis the valiant, helpful energetic, larger than life cousin brother husband father friend and neighbour. Sickness and death will never diminish who you were and how you will be remembered. You will be in my heart forever. RIP! No one doubts who you are with now. Jesus just got to welcome his new best friend. Your faith was an unshakable fortress, and your smile will be missed in this world.

  15. I was so fortunate to have worked with and befriended Khamis. He was not only an admired leader in his profession, but an inspiration to all of us who respect goodness and decency. The way he led his life was a goal for the rest of us to follow. May you rest in peace my friend.

  16. I remember Sam Holder saying that CFLHD had just hired a guy named Khamis and that I would really like him. I looked him up as we did back then and saw all of this creative and valuable rock mechanics work, and thought to myself how does that relate to CFLHD. I didn’t know Khamis yet. I was very blessed to get to know him soon after and I learned how irrelevant my observation was. Khamis wanted new. He wanted new challenges for himself and he wanted new technologies for the rest of us, and he was tireless in his pursuit of both. For me, that is what made him such a joy and an inspiration for what is possible. Now I look back and I can’t imagine CFLHD without him. I he see his attitude and passion, and his happy face on every project I can think of, and in all the social corridors between. He wasn’t very good at steering a bike on high speed mountain descents, however, but even that memory makes me smile. He was a great man and special friend, and I will miss him dearly.

  17. It was easy to see on the few occasions I was privileged to be around and interact with Khamis that he was a hard-working, dedicated, and technically-gifted geotechnical engineer who was a leader and mentor in his field. He will be greatly missed by both family and friends and his colleagues in the Federal Lands Highway Division offices and in the state, federal, and international geotechnical engineering communities as well.

  18. I had the pleasure to get to know Khamis during a period when I was switching from geophysics to NDT in civil engineering and starting to write a PhD on pile testing. I had met Khamis, a extremely friendly and open minded person, at a conference and he shared a lot of insight, reports an advice an a specific technology. That gave me a good start!
    Thank you, Khamis.

  19. Khamis was a dear friend and colleague. I always enjoyed my interactions with him. He was always enthusiastic and upbeat and generated an atmosphere that got the best out of people. His contributions to the integrity testing of deep foundations were practical and remarkable. His common sense approach to other projects was a breath of fresh air. His absence will be sorely missed by me and I am sure many of his friends and colleagues. Thanks Khamis for all you did to make our lives better!

  20. Dear Family and Friends,

    I had the honor of working with Khamis while I was in Colorado. He was such a joy. He was all things geotechnical. He loved his work and you saw it and felt his excitement when he talked about volcanos, seismic movement, ditches and Mohr’s Circles….etc. I use to just walk past his office and just laugh as he tried to convert me on to the other side–Geotechnical Engineer. I would say no Khamis, my happy home is right here as a Generalist Engineer. I still see his smile and his big text book that he wrote himself, saying I will change you. LOL! Well, he will forever be missed. We lost a very influential engineer, innovator, and friend. So friends and family, I leave you with a message of my sincerest condolences may God be with you through this journey. I pray that you remember the memories . His time on this Earth was well spent and with purpose. Cry when you need to and laugh at those memories that you shared with Khamis. He will forever be known to me as “The Professor”!

  21. Khamis was such a wonderful resource whom always made time to help. He is fondly missed.
    Rest in the palm of His hand, my brother!

  22. I only worked with Khamis for a short time but he was an amazing person! May God watch over your family during this difficult time.

  23. Khamis was a friend, mentor, and role model. I owe so much to him to be where I am now with my career. He is someone who genuinely cared about the development of others and I will greatly miss his advice and his passion for life and learning. He inspired me with the way he lived his life, both in the office and out, and his strong-willed and congenial personality truly made coming to work a joy. I will remember his legacy and contributions and he will not be forgotten within our geotechnical group. Thank you for all that you did Khamis and for making a positive impact on my life.

  24. Some people make an impression on your life even if you only meet them for a brief period of time…and Khamis was one of those people. I met him during a 2016 team meeting at Central Federal Lands where he also played host when we visited completed projects on Guanella Pass Road. Our highway safety team learned more than we ever thought we would know about rockery walls and other geotech stuff, but at the same time we taught Khamis some things about highway safety as well. Always ready to share his knowledge and learn from others, he was a delight to be around and will be missed by many.

  25. Khamis will certainly be missed by those of us who had the opportunity to share his company and wisdom over the years. I am saddened by his passing and can only strive to emulate his example until we meet again.

  26. We knew Khamis and Kathy through our church. He was a wonderful example of a Christian man–always participating, always encouraging others, and a fine example to all.

  27. I will never forget this power house of a man…. He had so much passion for his Lord, his family, and his vocation.
    His smile lit up the room and never dimmed.
    He was a servant above all else to anyone he knew for anything they needed.
    Kathy, my prayers are with you and his loved ones..

  28. RIP my friend. You touched the lives of so many, both in a personal and professional manner and you will be missed. My deepest sympathy to Kathy and family.

  29. Khamis was a light in my life! He lived life in such a big, bold, and kind way. He was one of the most generous and spiritual men I knew. He was eager to share his faith and optimism with anyone and everyone! He brought such energy and passion to Club USA fitness classes! I am thankful for his friendship and presence the past 15 or so years! Khamis you will be missed my friend!

  30. Khamis! You were insightful at work and what was even better was that it was always great fun to work with you. Our field trips were rewarding professionally and personally. I was always happy to have you on our NPS FLH jobs and you helped with more than a few jobs that CFL was not directly involved in. I visited CFL often and checked in with you every chance I could just to chat for a minute or two. We always laughed. Thanks for the good work and good times. Rest in Peace.

  31. Khamis,

    You were one my favorite people to work with. Your professionalism, attitude, and intelligence were an inspiration. You will be missed.

  32. From the day I met Khamis working at NSA engineering at Denver and later on at FHWA-Central Federal Lands, he had a deep influence on my own career. Khamis was always eager to push the envelope; especially, with the cross-borehole seismic technology developed at NSA and later on with the development of novel geophysical and nondestructive testing (NDT) technologies at FHWA. Khamis had a pioneering spirit and always pushed me to do more and explore new ideas. We looked at many aspects of foundation NDT, including crosshole sonic logging and tomographic imaging for drilled shafts, and the use of geophysics for site characterization and published many reports and articles together. He was also instrumental in the development of the “Geophysical Manual” which I served as a co-author and later continued this work with the development of NDE web manual at FHWA.

    Khamis was an incredibly kind, giving, and positive person. I will never forget his spirt. His passing on March 6 was bitter sweet as it was my birthday—I will always remember him on this day and send him my prayers and my outmost blessings.

  33. To me, Khamis was so kind and encouraging. He always had a smile for me and I will forever cherish that. I was fortunate to be in the same Technical Services group and occupy the office next to his. I got to hear, and see, first-hand how much he loved sharing his knowledge and optimism. He helped me put together a Safety Team meeting and field trip to CFL project sites. He explained the geotechnical aspects to us, and we explained the safety aspects to him. That seemingly small event proved to be a great help in understanding each other’s discipline. We all thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Rest in peace, my friend.

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