Paul A. Satterfield, built zoo habitats

October 11, 1994|By Karen Zeiler | Karen Zeiler,Contributing Writer

Paul A. Satterfield, who built artificial habitats for zoos and aquariums from Tennessee to Hawaii, died Friday of cancer at his home in Towson. He was 32.

"You have to be somewhat of a sculptor to do this work," said Darryl Kuhlman, a co-worker who met Mr. Satterfield three years ago in Chattanooga, Tenn. "And Paul was very artistically talented."

Mr. Satterfield joined the Tucson, Ariz.-based Larson Co. about five years ago. In addition to building projects, the firm specializes in the design, fabrication and construction of artificial environments for zoos and aquariums.

Other projects he helped complete included the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga; a sea lion habitat at Sea World in Orlando, Fla.; and the Splendid China exhibit in Kissimmee, Fla. He also helped refurbish the Waikiki Aquarium in Honolulu.

His last project involved the construction of a golf course at La Quinta Resort in Palm Springs, Calif.

He was assigned to Larson's construction division, which involved assembling steel framing, installing artificial trees and coral, painting artificial rock to make it look real and carving out rock formations from wet concrete.

Previously, he worked at the Baltimore Zoo as an assistant to the superintendent of new construction.

"He was very influential with what went on down at the zoo, regenerating it with many new projects, particularly in the children's zoo," said his best friend for the past 17 years, Matt Taylor.

Larson was contracted by the Baltimore Zoo to complete bear and otter exhibits and a cave re-creation in the new children's zoo. During this first phase of the project, Mr. Satterfield met employees of the firm and expressed interest in working for them.

He returned to the zoo as an employee of Larson in time to complete work on the second phase, which included the tree slide and ground hog exhibits.

He attended St. Ursula School and was a 1979 graduate of Calvert Hall College. He also attended Towson State University.

He worked for several construction companies in Baltimore before being hired at the zoo.

He is survived by his mother, Teresa Satterfield of Parkville; six sisters, Jean Satterfield, Catherine Satterfield, Margaret Buxton and Frances Thompson, all of Parkville, Joanne Price of Abingdon and Mary Alice Morrow of Towson; and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 9:30 a.m. today at St. Dominic's Roman Catholic Church, 2910 Echodale Ave.

Memorial donations may be made to Church Hospital Hospice, 100 N. Broadway, Baltimore 21231.

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