Benjamin LeSueurCivil engineerBenjamin Wilmar LeSueur, 88...


September 15, 1993

Benjamin LeSueur

Civil engineer

Benjamin Wilmar LeSueur, 88, a civil engineer, died Sunday of congestive heart failure at his residence on Bolton Hill, where he had lived since the 1920s.

A vice president of Greiner Inc., he retired in 1984 from the company where he began his career in 1927.

"His knowledge and expertise led him to manage or consult on many diverse projects in Pakistan, Brazil, Egypt, Iran, British Guiana, Puerto Rico and the Panama Canal," said his wife of 34 years, the former Helen Motter Barber. "He was also instrumental in designing the highway system in Maryland that set forth the criteria that were followed throughout much of the country."

Another local project was his design concept for the Francis Scott Key Bridge.

The Baltimore native was a 1923 graduate of the Donaldson Episcopal Preparatory School near Ellicott City and earned his civil engineering degree from the University of Maryland in 1927.

"He was very sharp and incisive in his thinking," said James G. Lutz, a Greiner vice president who knew Mr. LeSueur for more than 40 years and worked with him on the Titan 2 missile project years ago. "He was a mentor to many of us by demonstrating himself or dragging you along through a project. He didn't lecture; he showed you."

His wife recalled that her husband carried only a fountain pen in his pocket.

"While the other engineers were busy taking notes, all he did was listen," she said. "He had that kind of mind. His hobby was his work and when he retired he was just miserable. He loved his work."

In 1983, he received the Founders' Day Award from the Engineering Society of Baltimore and in 1984 the Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award from the University of Maryland. He was also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Christie Society, which, in 1991, acknowledged his contribution as a licensed professional engineer for the past 50 years.

A member of Memorial Episcopal Church since the 1920s, he was an active churchman who served as warden and vestryman and served breakfast to the needy. He was a founding member and treasurer of the Huguenot Society of Maryland.

A memorial Eucharist service will be celebrated at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Memorial Episcopal Church, Bolton Street and Lafayette Avenue in Baltimore.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Juliet Alan Smith, and a daughter, Juliet LeSueur Weber.

He also is survived by a daughter, Eleanor LeSueur Cooke of Bethlehem, Pa.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandsons.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Rector's Discretionary Fund, Memorial Episcopal Church, Bolton Street and Lafayette Avenue, Baltimore 21217.

A memorial service for Marie Ashley McCann, 98, who died Aug. 16 of heart failure at Union Memorial Hospital, is set for BTC noon Saturday t Grace and St. Peter's Church, Park Avenue and Monument Street.

She was a lifelong resident of Bolton Hill and Mount Vernon until she moved in 1990 to the Long Green Nursing Center.

She worked for many years at the Riall Jackson Insurance Co., where she was in charge of the casualty department.

Reared on Bolton Hill, she graduated in 1913 from Western High School and in 1915 from the Maryland Institute. She also was a graduate of the Insurance Institute of America and was a member of the Insurance Women's Association of America.

"One of her fond memories of growing up in her home at 1111 Bolton St., where her parents rented out rooms to delegates attending the 1912 Democratic Convention at the 5th Regiment Armory, was creeping down the stairs to listen to the deliberations going on in the front parlor," said Roger Marks, a longtime friend.

Woodrow Wilson finally received the nomination after 46 ballots and a serious challenge from former Speaker of the House James Champ Clark of Missouri.

Miss McCann was confirmed at Grace and St. Peter's in 1912, the year the two parishes merged, and was active in the affairs of the church for many years, serving on the vestry, the altar guild and the school board. She also was an active member of the Mount Vernon Improvement Association.

There are no survivors.

Memorial contributions in Miss McCann's name can be sent to the Memorial Fund of Grace and St. Peter's Church, 707 Park Ave., Baltimore, Md. 21201.

Hazel Marie Taylor

Active in civic affairs

Hazel Marie Taylor, who was active in church and community affairs in Dundalk, died Monday of congestive heart failure at her home in the Rosewald Beach community.

Mrs. Taylor, who was 83, had served as president of the women's organization at the Inverness Presbyterian Church, of the auxiliary of the Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company and of the Parent Teacher Association of the Patapsco Neck Elementary School.

She had been active in other groups in the Dundalk area, including several Democratic clubs, and was on the board of the Presbyterian Home in Towson.

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