Carroll Grover Bayne Jr., 76, engineer who helped create Baltimore highways

October 06, 2001|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

Carroll Grover Bayne Jr., an engineering executive who helped create Baltimore-area interstate highways as well as the Harbor Tunnel and the Bay Bridge, died Wednesday of heart failure at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 76 and lived in Towson.

Before his retirement in 1991, he was executive vice president and managing principal of Greiner Inc., now a San Francisco-based engineering firm known as URS Corp. He joined Greiner in 1947 as a draftsman.

"He was a highly competent engineer who was instrumental in developing the interstate system of Baltimore City," said Murray Miller, a vice president of the URS Corp. who resides in Baltimore. "He was of a fun-loving nature. He liked nothing better than to lead the Greiner softball team."

From 1967 to 1970, Mr. Bayne was deputy joint project manager for the Urban Design Concept Team, city officials and private engineers who assessed the city's transportation needs.

He helped plan federally funded roads -- including I-95 through Southwest Baltimore, I-395 in South Baltimore and Martin Luther King Boulevard, which rings the western fringes of downtown.

He also helped design the Harbor Tunnel, which was built in the mid-1950s. He was involved with the engineering of both Chesapeake Bay bridges.

The Baltimore native was raised on Clifton Park Terrace in Northeast Baltimore. He was a 1943 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from the John Hopkins University in 1958.

As a young man, he worked for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.

He served in the Army from 1945 to 1947.

He had been a member of the Consulting Engineers Council of Maryland, the American Society of Highway Engineers, the Maryland Association of Engineers, the Prestressed Concrete Institute, the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association and the American Road and Transportation Builders Association.

In 1992, members of the Engineering Society of Baltimore presented him with its highest honor, the Founder's Day Award.

He was married to the former Mary Marcin who survives him. His earlier marriage to Sara Spangler ended in divorce.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Also surviving are a son, Dr. Mark Bayne of Kingsville; a daughter, Gale Slade of Westminster; and seven grandchildren. Another son, Steven Bayne, died in 2000.

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