July 29, 2014 |
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.
June 16, 2014 |
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.
February 20, 2014 |
John A. Lepore, 78, of Springfield, Delaware County, a civil engineer who found his life's purpose in teaching, died Friday, Feb. 14, of Alzheimer's disease at Riddle Memorial Hospital's skilled nursing center in Media. A South Philadelphia native, Mr. Lepore attended South Philadelphia High School. He earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from what is now Drexel University and a master's degree and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
January 6, 2014 |
William T. Weir Sr., 92, of Ambler, a civil engineer who harnessed his lifelong fascination with water and bridges to serve Philadelphia's suburban municipalities and water companies, died Monday, Dec. 30, of cardiac failure at Gwynedd Estates. His wife of 66 years, the former Mary Grim, had died in a nursing home in Spring House 10 days earlier. He was the provider, she the nurturer and homemaker. Later she became a teacher. "Emotionally, they were very much together," said daughter Lucinda "Cindy" Veit.
March 10, 2013 |
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.
October 10, 2012 |
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.
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.
June 30, 2012 |
Daniel Adam Schultz, 38, of Rosemont, a civil engineer, sportsman, and father of four, died at home Friday, June 22, after a 23-month battle with sarcoma. Since 1998, Mr. Schultz had been with ASTM International. The not-for-profit organization develops standards for metals, paints, plastics, medical devices, electronics, and other industries, and for consumer products. Mr. Schultz had been involved in ASTM projects in several countries and in 2005 spent 10 days in South Korea and Japan at meetings involving standardization issues in the areas of medical devices and aviation.
June 27, 2012 |
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.