Services for James Edwin Walsh, who retired as chief electric system operator for the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Leroy M. and Russell C. Witzke Funeral Home, 1630 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville.
Mr. Walsh, who was 75, died of cancer Sunday at his home on Nottingham Way in Ellicott City.
He retired in 1977 from BG&E after having been in charge of arranging daily for the generation and distribution of electricity. He had worked for the utility company for 37 years. Earlier, he was an electrical engineer at the Sparrows Point plant of the Bethlehem Steel Corp.
Born in Baltimore, he was a 1932 graduate of the Polytechnic Institute and a 1936 graduate of the Johns Hopkins University.
He wrote a textbook on system operation and was a member of the Engineering Society of Baltimore, the National Society of Professional Engineers and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.
Mr. Walsh was the son and grandson of Baltimore and Ohio railroad employees, and he built scale model locomotives from brass. One of his Western Maryland Railway engines is on display at the B&O Railroad Museum.
He also collected antique tools and clocks, and he restored and reproduced antique furniture.
A former president of the Retired Men's Club of Howard County, he also belonged to the Mount Moriah Lodge of the Masons, the Scottish Rite, the Baltimore Streetcar Museum and the Lauraville Oldtimers.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Zenta O. Adams; two daughters, Barbara Frank of Pikesville and Carole Bradford of San Diego; a son, William Walsh of Baltimore; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.