Bernard Hochheimer, 73, Hopkins physicist, farmer

May 31, 2002

Bernard Ford Hochheimer, a research physicist, optics expert and farmer, died of heart failure May 24 at his home in Bartow, Fla. The former Lineboro resident was 73.

Mr. Hochheimer retired in 1995 from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He also conducted optics-related research at John Hopkins Hospital's Wilmer Eye Institute.

Born and raised in Rochester, N.Y., he earned a bachelor's degree in 1951 from St. Bonaventure University in St. Bonaventure, N.Y., and a master's degree in optics in 1953 from the University of Rochester.

In addition to his professional career, Mr. Hochheimer, who retired to Bartow last year, owned and operated Black Rock Orchard, a 75-acre Lineboro farm where he grew apples, peaches, plums and pears.

He was one of the early merchants to sell his fruit at the Waverly Farmers' Market and also the farmers' market in downtown Baltimore.

A son, David Hochheimer, lives in Lineboro and operates the farm.

Mr. Hochheimer was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Hanover, Pa., where a memorial Mass will be offered at 4 p.m. June 7.

He is also survived by his wife of 46 years, the former Josephine Porlino; three other sons, Gordon Hochheimer of Lineboro, John Hochheimer of Alexandria, Va., and Brian Hochheimer of Catonsville; two daughters, Elaine Lutz of Denver, Pa., and Linda Price of Fort Payne, Ala.; and 11 grandchildren.

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