George E. Pohler Jr., a civil engineer who in retirement assisted the athletic program at Johns Hopkins University as a volunteer, died Thursday at Union Memorial Hospital of a respiratory illness. He was 85.
Services for Mr. Pohler were being held today at St. Johns Huntingdon Episcopal Church, Old York Road and Greenmount Avenue.
The Calvin Avenue resident was an engineer in the bridge department of the former State Roads Commission for 37 years before his retirement in 1978.
His volunteer work on the Homewood campus of Hopkins began in 1967, when he was asked to stake out a soccer field. He soon was assisting the lacrosse and soccer coaches, and became a business manager of the soccer team.
His wife, the former Hazel Schmidt, died in 1983.
He is survived by three daughters, Georgeanna Lingenfelder of Manchester, Katherine Rock of Baltimore and Grace Brune of Towson; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.