Louis Philip Hehl, 78, physical plant director

February 28, 2003

Louis Philip Hehl, 78, physical plant director

Louis Philip Hehl, a retired mechanical engineer and former physical plant director of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, died of respiratory failure Tuesday at a hospital in Garden City Beach, S.C. He was 78 and a former resident of Ellicott City.

Mr. Hehl was born in Baltimore and raised in Catonsville. He graduated in 1941 from Mount St. Joseph High School.

During World War II, he served as a military policeman in the Philippines and in the occupation of Japan.

After the war, he earned bachelor's degrees in business administration from the University of Baltimore and in mechanical engineering from Johns Hopkins.

For many years, Mr. Hehl was director of the physical plant at UMBC, before going to work for Johns Hopkins in the early 1980s. He retired in 1987.

He was a member of Palestine Masonic Lodge 189, the Scottish Rite and Boumi Temple.

Since 1989, Mr. Hehl had lived in Garden City Beach, where he was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion.

He enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, and flying radio-controlled model airplanes.

Mr. Hehl was a member of Shepherd of the Sea Lutheran Church in Garden City Beach, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. Plans for another memorial service in Baltimore were incomplete.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, the former Ruth Mattheiss; two daughters, Janet H. Adams of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Jeannette V. Bosworth of Ellicott City; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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