Thomas Whelley Jr. Ex-flood control chief

April 11, 1993

Thomas P. Whelley Jr., retired chief of the Flood Control Branch of the Baltimore office of the Army Corps of Engineers, died Tuesday of heart failure in his sleep at his Edmondson Heights home.

Mr. Whelley, who was 80 became a civilian employee with the Corps after World War II and remained there until he retired in 1973. After his retirement, he was inducted into the office's Civilian Employee Hall of Fame.

Born in Syracuse, N.Y., he was reared in Utica, where he played on a high school championship football team in 1931. He was also fond of speed-skating hockey and other winter sports. In 1936, he earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics at St. Lawrence University, Canton, N.Y.

During World War II, he served in the Army's Counter Intelligence Corps in the China-Burma-India Theater.

He had lived in the same house on Harwell Road since 1955 and became well known to the children in the Edmondson Heights area through the 1960s for the free haircuts and bicycle repairs he gave them.

His wife, the former Frances Dinneen, whom he had married in 1943, died in 1988.

Private services were planned.

He is survived by two daughters, Maryrose Whelley of Baltimore and Virginia Locke of Gaithersburg; a son, Dennis Whelley of Columbia; a brother, John Whelley of Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.; two sisters, Maria Poos of Windsor, Colo., and Geraldine Pressey of Norfolk, N.Y.; and four grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Soup Kitchen of the Catonsville Presbyterian Church.

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