Donald S. Laird Architect, builder

November 03, 1990

Services for Donald S. Laird, an architect and builder, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Towson United Methodist Church, Hampton Lane and Dulaney Valley Road.

Mr. Laird, who was 77 and lived on Melanchton Avenue in Lutherville, died Wednesday at Johns Hopkins Hospital after heart surgery.

He retired in 1970 as president of Laird, Rock and Small, which developed and built homes in the vicinity of Dulaney Valley Road, including the Fox Chapel development and in the Hampton area.

After his retirement, he continued working as an architect, designing and supervising the construction of homes in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida.

He came to the Baltimore area in the late 1940s and first worked for Baltimore Contractors.

A native of Beaver Falls, Pa., who earned an architectural engineering degree at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Mr. Laird worked first for a Pittsburgh construction company and then for the American Bridge Co. before moving to Maryland.

He was a member of the Baltimore Yacht Club and the Engineering Society of Baltimore.

His first wife, the former Jane Small, died in 1968.

He is survived by his wife, the former Wanda Kepner Norris; a son,retired Air Force Lt. Col. D. Jack Laird of Sumter, S.C.; a daughter, Linda Fisher of Washington, Mich.; a stepdaughter, Paula Bunty of Lutherville; a stepson, Roy Norris of Lutherville; four grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

A memorial fund has been established in his name at the Towson United Methodist Church.


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