Eugene `Bucky' Waters, 82, Beth Steel superintendent

October 30, 2002

Eugene P. "Bucky" Waters, a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. superintendent who worked at Sparrows Point for 40 years, died of heart and lung failure at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 82.

The 42-year Towson resident was born and raised in Germantown in Montgomery County. After graduating from Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville in 1937, he earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in 1941.

That year, he began his career at Bethlehem Steel in the management training program.

He served in the Army as a private from 1945 to 1947.

Mr. Waters later became an expert in tin plate products and operations, eventually becoming superintendent of the tin plate mill, where he was responsible for 3,000 employees, family members said. He retired in 1982.

His professional memberships included serving as national director of the Iron and Steel Engineers of America.

Mr. Waters was an elder and deacon of Maryland Presbyterian Church in Towson.

Services were Monday.

Mr. Waters is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Rachel Crawford; two sons, David E. Waters of Millersville and Mark E. Waters of Atlanta; two daughters, Barbara E. Vash of Pacific Palisades, Calif., and Marsha L. Ficken of Fairfax, Va.; a brother, David C. Waters of Chapel Hill, N.C.; two sisters, Ruth Berry of Williamsburg, Va., and Mollie Christie of Brevard, N.C.; and six grandchildren.

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