Gen. Thomas McNeal, engineer

September 11, 1990

Retired National Guard Brig. Gen. Thomas F. McNeal, an engineer for the Bethlehem Steel Corp., died last Wednesday after a short illness at a hospital in Blue Hill, Maine, near his summer home at Sedgewick, Maine. He was 84.

Services for General McNeal, who lived on Wickford Road, were being held today at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1316 Park Ave.

He retired in 1963 as commander of the 1st Brigade of the 29th Division. He had kept basically the same post with different titles through two reorganizations since he was named commander of the 175th Infantry Regiment, the old 5th Regiment, in 1958.

Born in Baltimore, he was a 1923 graduate of the Boys' Latin School and a 1927 graduate of Johns Hopkins University.

Shortly after graduation, he went to work at Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point mills and retired as a metallurgical engineer in 1970.

During World War II, he saw action in the Pacific in New Guinea and the Philippines.

He is survived by his wife, the former Grace Hooper Smith; two daughters, Air Force Lt. Col. Grace H. McNeal of San Antonio and Catherine McNeal Larson, of Alexandria, Va., and a grandson.

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