Glenn A. Watkins Jr., 75, designer of public buildings

December 02, 1996|By Ronnie Greene | Ronnie Greene,SUN STAFF

Glenn Amoss Watkins Jr., a retired Joppatowne architect who designed public buildings through-out the state, died Wednesday of melanoma at Fallston General Hospital. He was 75.

He designed projects for the state of Maryland and for Howard, Harford, Dorchester, Frederick, Baltimore and Prince George's counties.

They included the Washington County courthouse in Hagerstown; the Howard County office building; the Springfield Hospital Center complex; Harford Senior Housing Center in Bel Air; Halethorpe Elementary School; and libraries in Parkville, Perry Hall, Randallstown and Cambridge.

Wallace Lippincott, an engineer who had teamed with Mr.

Watkins on design work since 1960, said, "He was very, very meticulous. His style was very practical. I don't know whether you'd call it basic design. It was basically conservative."

He "was very proud of his work," said a daughter, Karen L. Webner of Bel Air.

"He always said that no matter what happens to him, we could go by and be able to see his buildings."

Before beginning his architectural career, Mr. Watkins joined the Army Air Corps in 1943 and became a first lieutenant and a P-47 pilot in the Pacific during World War II.

After his military service, he became a registered architect. In 1959, he opened his firm; he retired last year.

Mr. Watkins was active in his church and his community, serving on the administrative board of Fork United Methodist Church and as president of Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company and the Rotary Club of Kingsville.

He was a member of the Maryland Saltwater Sport Fishermen's Association.

Mr. Watkins, who also was a licensed real estate agent, was born in Fullerton.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Fork United Methodist Church, 12828 Fork Road.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, the former Daisy A. Lehman; two other daughters, Barbara J. Aiken of Bel Air and Kimberly W. Ford of Nashville, Tenn.; his mother, Nellie E. Watkins of Towson; two brothers, William O. Watkins of Joppatowne and Merle A. Watkins of Grass Valley, Calif.; a sister, Nellie M. Sibley of Towson; and five grandchildren.

Pub Date: 12/02/96

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