Walter E. Webster Jr., 81, civil engineer Walter E...

November 24, 2001

Walter E. Webster Jr., 81, civil engineer

Walter E. Webster Jr., a retired railroad civil engineer, died Monday of pneumonia at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. He was 81 and lived in Timonium.

He retired in 1984 as the Chessie System's regional construction engineer after 38 years of service. He joined the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in the 1940s. He oversaw a renovation of the B&O Museum in Southwest Baltimore and the transfer of the company's Mount Royal Station to the Maryland Institute College of Art in the early 1960s, among other projects. He also oversaw construction of bridges in Western Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Born and raised on Deal Island, he was a 1942 graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, where he earned a degree in civil engineering.

During World War II, he served in the Army Corps of Engineers in North Africa and Italy. He was discharged with the rank of captain.

An accomplished woodcarver, he enjoyed making duck decoys and models of Eastern Shore workboats for family and friends. He also hunted and fished on the Eastern Shore.

He belonged to numerous societies, including the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Railway Association, the Waverly Lodge, the Scottish Rite, the Eastern Shore Society of Baltimore and the Sons of the American Revolution.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Dec. 1 at Dulaney Valley Memorial Garden's chapel, 200 E. Padonia Road.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former H. Blanche Kelly; two sons, Walter E. Webster III of Orlando, Fla., and John C. Webster of Mountain View, Calif.; two daughters, Nancy Webster-Yurko of Ponte Vedra, Fla., and Denise M. W. Williamson of Glyndon; a sister, Helen Ricker of Towson; and two grandsons.

Virginia Warren Shriver, 95, Smith College alumna

Virginia Warren Shriver, a homemaker who was active for years in the annual Smith College Club used-book sale, died Wednesday of undetermined causes at Fairhaven retirement community in Sykesville. She was 95.

Mrs. Shriver had lived in Pikesville from 1932 until 1990, when she moved to Fairhaven.

A graduate of Smith College in Northampton, Mass., she was a longtime member of the school's local club and participated in its annual used-book sale in Towson, which raised money for the college's scholarship fund.

Mrs. Shriver was born Virginia Spencer Warren in Newark, N.J., and was a great-granddaughter of Platt Rogers Spencer, who originated the Spencerian Handwriting System.

She was a graduate of Barringer High School in Newark, and earned her bachelor's degree in 1928 from Smith.

She worked in New York as a secretary at J.P. Morgan before her 1932 marriage to George M. Shriver Jr. Mr. Shriver, who died in 1987, had headed the Baltimore office of United States Lines, a steamship company.

Mrs. Shriver was a charter member of the Timber Ridge Bassetts and enjoyed attending concerts of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. An avid gardener, she also was a member of the Roslyn Garden Club in Pikesville.

She was a communicant of St. Mark's-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church in Pikesville, where she had been a member of the Altar Guild.

Plans for services were incomplete yesterday.

She is survived by a son, George M. Shriver III of Glyndon; two daughters, Virginia S. Raleigh of Cross Keys and Elizabeth S. Kant of Stockholm, Sweden; two grandsons; and two great-grandchildren.

Eleanor Key Lynn, 78, nurse, homemaker

Eleanor Key Lynn, a homemaker and former registered nurse, died Monday of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. She was 78 and a Homeland resident.

From 1944 until her marriage in 1949 to Dr. William D. Lynn Sr., a Baltimore surgeon, Mrs. Lynn was a nurse at the University of Maryland Hospital.

Mrs. Lynn was a longtime volunteer and member of the University of Maryland Hospital Women's Auxiliary.

Born Eleanor Key in Baltimore, a descendant of Francis Scott Key, she was a 1941 graduate of Forest Park High School. She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing in 1946 from the Maryland General Hospital School of Nursing.

She enjoyed researching topics related to Francis Scott Key, writing poetry and baking.

Mrs. Lynn was a member of the Woman's Club of Roland Park and belonged to Grace United Methodist Church for more than 40 years.

Plans for a memorial service were incomplete yesterday.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Lynn is survived by two sons, Thomas K. Lynn of Baltimore and James N. Lynn of Lutherville; three sisters, Mary Rowe of Majorca, Spain, and Jeanette Key and Hazel Elder, both of Baltimore; and three granddaughters. Another son, William D. Lynn Jr., died in 1968.

Thomas Odorion Roby, 81, horse trainer, researcher

Thomas Odorion Roby, a retired U.S. Department of Agriculture researcher and thoroughbred horse trainer, died Tuesday of heart failure at his Clarksville farm. He was 81.

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