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June 27, 2012 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Norman H. Martin, 89, of Moorestown, a civil engineer and company president who coached blind golfers, died Wednesday, June 20, at home of complications from an infection. Mr. Martin owned his own construction and development firm for 10 years, then for eight years was president of American Medicorp, a hospital management and development company. He established his own company, Medifac, in 1978 and remained its president after it was acquired as the planning, architectural, and design unit of the larger Mediq Inc., a health-care services company.
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October 23, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Richard E. Lander, 88, of Wayne, a civil engineer, fire company leader, and Episcopal Academy alumnus, died Monday, Oct. 13, of end-stage dementia at Paoli Pointe retirement community. Mr. Lander, known as "Dick," was a respected civil engineer, holding executive positions at various companies, and retiring as the executive director of the Northampton Township Municipal Authority in Bucks County in 2002 at age 76. Mr. Lander received his degree in civil engineering from Tufts University in 1948.
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December 24, 1992 | By Bill Price, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
H. Clarence Jones, 90, of East Goshen, a retired civil engineer, died Dec. 13 at Friends Hall in West Chester. For 37 years, Mr. Jones worked for Sun Pipeline Co. in Philadelphia and was a chief civil engineer there when he retired in 1965. Previously, he worked for Damon & Foster Engineers, formerly located in Philadelphia. A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Jones had lived in East Goshen for the last 30 years. He was a graduate of Friends Central School and Drexel Institute of Technology, Drexel University, both in Philadelphia.
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June 24, 2010
Thomas M. Kelly, 90, of Broomall, a retired civil engineer, died of complications from cancer Saturday, June 19, at his home. Mr. Kelly's best-known work was on the Liberty Bell Pavilion, built for the Bicentennial, said a son, Vincent. Born in Corry, County Mayo, Ireland, Mr. Kelly earned a degree in civil engineering in 1942 from the National University of Galway. After working in Scotland and Canada, he joined the McCloskey Construction Co. in Philadelphia in 1950. Mr. Kelly made several visits to Ireland and always considered himself a "Mayo man," his son said.
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September 30, 2011
Frank Craig Kilpatrick, 84, a retired surveyor and civil engineer, died of complications of mesothelioma on Friday, Sept. 23, in the Rockledge home where he grew up. Mr. Kilpatrick was with the firms of Franklin & Lindsey and then Barton & Martin Engineers in Philadelphia until 1992. After a decade of retirement, he returned to Franklin & Lindsey for six years, until 2008. During World War II, he dropped out of the Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades in Media to enlist in the Navy.
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January 29, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
John L. Benn Sr., 93, of Media, a civil engineer and world-class tennis player, died Sunday, Jan. 12, of an infection at St. Andrews Estates North in Boca Raton, Fla., where he had lived for the last two decades. Born in Birmingham, England, he immigrated with his mother and older brother to Toronto, Ontario, to join their father. Later the family moved to New York City. As a boy. Mr. Benn excelled at ice hockey, golf, and tennis. He attended public schools in New York. At Brown University, he majored in civil engineering, and competed on the swimming, diving, and tennis teams.
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June 16, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Edwyn L. Shoemaker Jr., 89, formerly of Haddonfield, a retired civil engineer and former World War II Navy Seabee, died Thursday, June 5, of pneumonia at Brittany Pointe Estates, Lansdale. Mr. Shoemaker grew up in Olney and graduated from Germantown Academy High School in 1943. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 1940. Between 1943 and 1946 he served with the Navy Construction Battalion, called the Seabees, aboard a hydrographic surveying yacht in Bermuda. Hydrography is an applied science that deals with mapping the seas and adjoining coastlines, for the purpose of navigation.
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December 1, 2011 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robert B. Roth Sr., 86, of Bryn Mawr, a civil engineer and decorated Korean War veteran, died of lung disease Monday, Nov. 21, at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mr. Roth graduated from Olney High School. While serving in the Marine Corps Reserve during World War II, he earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Yale University. Mr. Roth was working for an industrial-paint firm, Oliver B. Cannon & Sons, and was married with two small daughters when he was recalled by the Marine Corps in November 1950.
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October 30, 2014
L OUIS RODRIGUEZ , 46, of Williamstown, N.J., is president of Rodriguez Consulting, in North Philadelphia. The Chester native founded the civil-engineering firm in 2007. It's the 54th-fastest-growing inner-city business on the 2014 Inner City 100 compiled by the Massachusetts-based Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for the biz? A: I was working for the Philadelphia Water Department and noticed a lot of work was outsourced to private firms.
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October 23, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Richard E. Lander, 88, of Wayne, a civil engineer, fire company leader, and Episcopal Academy alumnus, died Monday, Oct. 13, of end-stage dementia at Paoli Pointe retirement community. Mr. Lander, known as "Dick," was a respected civil engineer, holding executive positions at various companies, and retiring as the executive director of the Northampton Township Municipal Authority in Bucks County in 2002 at age 76. Mr. Lander received his degree in civil engineering from Tufts University in 1948.
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July 30, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
William J. Sponseller, 87, a civil railroad engineer and longtime Wayne resident, died Thursday, July 24, of cancer at Shannondell at Valley Forge. Mr. Sponseller was hired by the Pennsylvania Railroad as a civil engineer fresh out of college, and remained in the industry throughout his career, retiring from Amtrak in 1991. Born in Canton, Ohio, he attended Lincoln High School there while also working to help support his family. He served in the Navy during World War II, and then attended Illinois Institute of Technology on the GI Bill.
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June 16, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Edwyn L. Shoemaker Jr., 89, formerly of Haddonfield, a retired civil engineer and former World War II Navy Seabee, died Thursday, June 5, of pneumonia at Brittany Pointe Estates, Lansdale. Mr. Shoemaker grew up in Olney and graduated from Germantown Academy High School in 1943. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 1940. Between 1943 and 1946 he served with the Navy Construction Battalion, called the Seabees, aboard a hydrographic surveying yacht in Bermuda. Hydrography is an applied science that deals with mapping the seas and adjoining coastlines, for the purpose of navigation.
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January 29, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
John L. Benn Sr., 93, of Media, a civil engineer and world-class tennis player, died Sunday, Jan. 12, of an infection at St. Andrews Estates North in Boca Raton, Fla., where he had lived for the last two decades. Born in Birmingham, England, he immigrated with his mother and older brother to Toronto, Ontario, to join their father. Later the family moved to New York City. As a boy. Mr. Benn excelled at ice hockey, golf, and tennis. He attended public schools in New York. At Brown University, he majored in civil engineering, and competed on the swimming, diving, and tennis teams.
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March 10, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Howard W. Eckert Jr., 87, former mayor and longtime borough councilman of Sellersville, Bucks County, died Tuesday, March 5, at St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem, Pa., of head injuries suffered in a fall near his Telford retirement residence on Feb. 26. Mr. Eckert had just finished loading groceries when he fell in a parking lot. He was rushed to the trauma unit at St. Luke's for treatment, his family said. From July 1969 to November 2000, Mr. Eckert served on the borough council, stepping down in 2000 to become mayor.
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October 10, 2012 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
As a civilian with the Army Corps of Engineers, Eric Majusiak was ready to respond to emergencies nationwide. In 2011, Majusiak, 28, was deployed to Joplin, Mo., after a killer tornado, and to Upstate New York in the wake of Hurricane Irene. But nothing prepared the burly outdoorsman and civil engineer for what happened in February. He was stricken by hemophagocytic lymphohistiocysis (HLH), a rare autoimmune disorder, and it nearly killed him. The South Harrison Township resident and his wife, Amanda, 25, are high school sweethearts but had been married for only a few months when he returned from a Salem County hunting trip with aching joints.
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July 23, 2012
Richard Cosby, 86, a Polish resistance fighter during World War II who escaped a Nazi prison camp and retired as a civil engineer in the Washington area, died June 25 at Inova Alexandria Hospital in Virginia. He had metastatic prostate cancer, said his daughter, television journalist Rita Cosby. Mr. Cosby's exploits were detailed in his daughter's 2010 book, Quiet Hero: Secrets From My Father's Past . She wrote that her father left the family on Christmas 1983 and was largely estranged from her for more than 25 years.
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