John D. Maple, 50, civil engineer, Scout leader

October 25, 2002

John D. Maple, a retired civil engineer who was active in Scouting, died of brain cancer Sunday at his Baltimore County home. The White Hall resident was 50.

He retired this year for medical reasons after 27 years with Baltimore County Department of Public Works.

Born at Fort Devens, Mass., the son of a career Army officer, Mr. Maple was a graduate of Fairfax County, Va., public schools and earned his bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1975 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg.

He spent his entire career with Baltimore County. "When he first started, he did lots of storm drain design, bridge projects and flood plain studies," said Robert C. Berner, chief of design for the county Bureau of Engineering and Construction, and a co-worker of 25 years. "He was a great guy to work with and was well-respected by county officials, engineers and construction people. If you had a problem, you always went to John."

Mr. Maple was instrumental in introducing a computer-aided drafting system into the bureau.

"He was our technology guru and was responsible for bringing us into the 21st century," said Bill Korpman, chief of the engineering bureau, where Mr. Maple was named Employee of the Year in 1997.

Mr. Maple's professional memberships included the American Society of Civil Engineers. He was an Eagle Scout, and had been Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 468 at Park Memorial United Methodist Church in Parkton. He also collected Scout memorabilia.

He enjoyed working in his garden and with his home computer.

Mr. Maple had been a trustee and served on the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee at Vernon United Methodist Church, on Vernon Road in White Hall, where services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

Surviving are his wife of 27 years, the former Peggy Novak; two sons, John S. Maple and David M. Maple, both of White Hall; a brother, Richard Maple of Alexandria, Va.; and four nieces.

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