John Alexander Tussing, 97, Baltimore Steel engineer

January 14, 2004

John Alexander Tussing, a retired chief engineer and vice president of a Baltimore steel fabricating company, died Jan. 7 of a urinary infection at the Catonsville Commons nursing home. The longtime Catonsville resident was 97.

Mr. Tussing was born and raised in New Market, Va., and moved to Baltimore in 1923. He attended the Maryland Institute College of Art and earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in 1939.

Mr. Tussing worked for the U.S. Treasury Department in Washington and Dietrick Brothers Steel Fabricators in Baltimore. He later joined Baltimore Steel Co., becoming chief engineer and a vice president. He retired in 1976 from Dietrick Brothers, which had acquired Baltimore Steel.

In 1930, Mr. Tussing married Sarah Staas, who died in 1995.

He was a member of the Engineering Society of Baltimore and a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

For his many years of involvement with the Boy Scouts, he was given the organization's highest honor - the Silver Beaver Award.

He was an active communicant for 70 years of St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Catonsville, where he had been senior warden and a member of the vestry. Services were held there Friday.

He is survived by two sons, John Alexander Tussing Jr. of Catonsville and George Thomas Tussing of Portsmouth, Va.; three granddaughters; and six great-grandchildren.

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