Edwin L. Pitt, 87, MTA electrical engineer

August 17, 2004

Edwin L. Pitt, 87, MTA electrical engineer

Edwin L. Pitt, a retired Mass Transit Administration electrical engineer whose more than 40-year career spanned the demise of streetcars to their rebirth with the opening of the central light rail line in 1992, died of heart failure Sunday at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 87.

Mr. Pitt was born in Baltimore and raised on Franklintown Road. He attended city public schools. He began his career as a cable splicer with the old Baltimore Transit Co. and later was promoted to field supervisor.

At the time of his retirement in the early 1990s, he was assigned to the light rail line that was being constructed between Glen Burnie and Hunt Valley.

The Timonium resident, who had earlier lived on his Glen Arm farm, enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He also liked working on home-improvement projects and, when he lived in Glen Arm, restored a fireplace in his home with stone gathered from surrounding fields.

Mr. Pitt was married in 1939 to the former Audrey Brodt, who died in 1982.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, 200 E. Padonia Road in Timonium.

Mr. Pitt is survived by his wife of more than 20 years, the former Dottie Schoeppe; a son, Lyle Pitt of Owings Mills; a daughter, LaRue Pitt of Fork; two stepsons, Charlie C. Pitt of Mount Gretna, Pa., and Stephen R. Pitt of Reston, Va.; a stepdaughter, Donna Zimmerer of Joppa; a half-sister, Lois Doffelmyer of Dundalk; and seven grandchildren.

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