Walter C. Boyer, retired chief ports engineer for Greiner Engineering Sciences Inc. and a former chief engineer for the Maryland Port Authority, died Friday after a heart attack at his home in Hunting Ridge.
A Mass of Christian burial for Dr. Boyer, who was 71, was being offered today at St. William of York Roman Catholic Church, Edmondson Avenue and Cooks Lane.
He retired from what is now Greiner Inc. in 1985 but continued to serve as a consultant. He had been in charge of planning port projects and others related to it, including bridges. His career with the engineering company began in 1955 as a senior design engineer specializing in port structures.
From 1957 until he returned to Greiner, he worked at the port authority, the forerunner of the Maryland Port Administration, handling such projects as the Dundalk, North Locust Point and Hawkins Point marine terminals and projects in Crisfield and Cambridge.
The Baltimore native was a 1937 graduate of the Polytechnic Institute and then attended Johns Hopkins University, earning a bachelor's degree in engineering in 1940, a master's in geology in 1943 and a doctorate in engineering in 1947. He also earned a bachelor's degree in sanitary engineering from the University of Illinois.
He is survived by his wife, the former Constance R. Boyko; a daughter, Constance R. Archambault of Meriden, Conn.; and two grandsons.