Robert O'Brien, Civil Defense official, dies

May 27, 1991

A Mass of Christian burial for Robert Carmody O'Brien, a World War II veteran who took part in the D-day invasion, will be offered at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Towson.

Mr. O'Brien, a retired Maryland Civil Defense official and former steel company manager, died Saturday at his Towson home after a long illness. He was 79.

Born in Crafton, Pennsylvania, Mr. O'Brien was the oldest of five children. He attended the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in business and going to work soon after college for U.S. Steel in Gary, Ind.

He joined the U.S. Army infantry to fight in World War II, and remained in the Army Reserve until the age of 60 when he retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Mr. O'Brien and his wife, the former Jean Eaton, moved to Towson after the war. Mr. O'Brien worked first for Eastern Stainless Steel Co. as a production control manager, and in 1961 became a staff officer for the Maryland Civil Defense Agency in Pikesville. He retired 14 years ago.

Surviving, in addition to his wife of 47 years, are a brother, Philip J. O'Brien of Dixon, Ill., and a sister, Jane Jenkins of Kailua, Hawaii.

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