William Tashlick, 76, architect, bike traveler

April 15, 2004|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

William Tashlick, a retired architect who roamed the world on bicycle, died of liver cancer Sunday at his Northeast Baltimore home. He was 76.

Born and raised in the Bronx, N.Y., Mr. Tashlick served in the Army Air Forces during World War II.

After his discharge in 1947, he worked as a New York City taxi driver for several years before attending Columbia University on the GI Bill of Rights. He earned a bachelor's degree in architecture in 1955 and began his career in New York.

Mr. Tashlick came to Baltimore in 1967 when he joined the Rouse Co. Projects he worked on included shopping centers and the planned city of Columbia. After leaving Rouse in 1971, he became a district planner for Baltimore's Department of Planning. From 1977 until retiring in 1991, he was a regional supervisor for the state Department of General Services.

An avid bicyclist, Mr. Tashlick was a familiar figure on area bike trails and a regular participant in the Baltimore County Department of Aging's Friday Seniors' Ride.

In the early 1970s, as chairman of a joint bicycle task force, Mr. Tashlick brought together agencies and citizen groups that worked with the state Department of Transportation in designing and developing bicycle and pedestrian ways throughout the state.

Mr. Tashlick enjoyed riding through the French, English, Italian and Irish countrysides aboard a 10-speed bicycle.

Family and friends estimated that during 50 years of bicycling, he pedaled more than 75,000 miles.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Peaceful Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Center, 2325 York Road, Timonium.

Mr. Tashlick is survived by his wife of 18 years, the former Chloe Ringer; three daughters, Iva Tashlick of Boca Raton, Fla., Hannah Tabeka of Rockville and Thea Ringer-Tashlick of Baltimore; a sister, Frances Mann of Tamarac, Fla.; and a grandson. His marriage to the former Irene Katz ended in divorce.

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