Woodruff J. Salmond, 72, Western Electric engineer

March 22, 2004

Woodruff J. Salmond, a retired engineer, died of heart failure Thursday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. The Lutherville resident was 72.

Born in Kearny, N.J., he graduated from Kearny High School in 1950 and worked for Salmond-Scrimshaw Construction Co. of Kearny, a family-owned business.

He entered the Army in 1952 and served in the 802nd Engineering Aviation Battalion in Korea. While there, he helped to rebuild a bombed school in Suwon, South Korea. He was a corporal when honorably discharged in 1953.

Upon his return home, he attended the Newark College of Engineering and worked as a draftsman for Western Electric Co. in Kearny and Newark.

He accepted a transfer to Maryland in 1965 and worked in Hunt Valley for Western Electric, which in 1984 was absorbed into AT&T Corp. He retired in 1994.

He married Doris A. Stumpf in 1952.

He was a member of the Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity in Timonium.

When his children were young, he was active in their school PTAs. He designed a stage runway at Hampton Elementary School and, with other parents, built a miniature golf course for a fall festival at the school.

He also volunteered for the Hampton Mansion.

He was an avid duck carver, and he won awards in the Maryland State Fair for mallard and other carvings. He made and donated hand-carved and painted pins of ducks for charity auctions.

He enjoyed genealogy and researched his ancestors, who were among the early American colonists. Many served in the American Revolution, and a member of the family had received a ring from the Marquis de Lafayette as a token of friendship during the Revolutionary War.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. April 3 at the Church of the Nativity.

In addition to his wife of 51 years, survivors include a son, Robert Woodruff Salmond of Towson; a daughter, Patricia A. Fahey of Long Green; a brother, Gilbert L. Salmond of Easton; and two grandsons and two granddaughters.

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