James B. Harman, a retired civil engineer, died Thursday at his home on Ridge Road in Hanover after a long illness. He was 76.
Born in Washington, Mr. Harman was a graduate of the Polytechnic Institute and served with the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II. While serving in the Army, he attended Boston University and the University of Nancy in France.
Mr. Harman was an engineer for Greiner Engineering Sciences, Inc. in Baltimore for more than 40 years before retiring in 1980. He then worked part-time for the firm until 1989.
He owned a collection of chess sets from all over the world and was fond of history and reading.
Mr. Harman was also president of the Harman Family Association of Anne Arundel County and made a study of the Harman genealogy.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, the former Eva B. Monegan; a son, James B. Harman of Severn; three daughters, Faye H. North of Fairview Village, N.J., Eva I. DuVall of Baltimore and Ellen S. Harman of Hanover; a sister, Betty Newcomb of Baltimore; two granddaughters; and a grandson.
Memorial services for Mr. Harman were held Saturday at Grace Episcopal Church in Elkridge.