William T. Hemsley III, 72, engineer, firm owner

September 20, 2004

William Tilghman Hemsley III, an engineer, died of cancer Wednesday at his Wye Island home. He was 72.

Born in the Pimlico area of Baltimore, he was 5 when his father took him to see his first horse race - Seabiscuit defeated War Admiral.

He graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1950 and earned a degree in engineering from the Johns Hopkins University. From 1955 to 1957, he served in Korea with the Army Corps of Engineers, where he was a battalion intelligence officer.

He worked for Douglass Aircraft Corp. in California for a year before returning East. He earned a master's degree in engineering from Catholic University of America and a master's degree in planning from Pennsylvania State University.

He joined Nassaux & Associates in Chambersburg, Pa. In 1964, he became president and owner of Nassaux-Hemsley Inc., designing bridges, roads, sewer systems, water treatment plants and planned towns.

He and his wife, the former Rosemarie Regina Esposito, moved from Chambersburg to their home on the Eastern Shore about eight years ago.

"He was proud of his roots," said his wife of 50 years. His family settled on the Eastern Shore in the 1700s.

He enjoyed boating, fishing and was a Civil War buff who walked battlefields.

He was a member of Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church in Chambersburg, Pa., where a funeral Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m. today. A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Old Wye Episcopal Church in Wye Mills.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, William Tilghman Hemsley IV of Stevensville; two daughters, Rosemarie McNew and Susan Rotz, both of Fayetteville, Pa.; a brother, James Michael Hemsley of Bay St. Louis, Miss.; eight granddaughters; and four grandsons. He was predeceased by a daughter, Julie.

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