Gordon M. Betz, 79, lawyer, industrial engineer

January 21, 2005

Gordon M. Betz, a lawyer, industrial engineer and volunteer, died Tuesday of the protein disorder amyloidosis at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Riderwood resident was 79.

A Baltimore native who was raised on Pelham Avenue, Mr. Betz was a 1943 graduate of Polytechnic Institute.

He served from 1943 to 1946 with the Army Corps of Engineers in Europe and was recalled for the Korean War. He held the rank of lieutenant at his discharge in 1952.

Mr. Betz earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in 1950 and a law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1957. He returned to Hopkins and earned a bachelor's degree in business in 1961.

He was a registered professional mechanical engineer in Maryland and a member of the Maryland State Bar Association.

He was an engineer for five years before becoming plant engineer for Western Electric Corp.'s Point Breeze complex. He was responsible for solving plant engineering problems, administering engineering and industrial projects, and coordinating governmental regulatory requirements. He retired in 1986 when the complex was closed.

His professional memberships included the American Society of Safety Engineers and American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Mr. Betz was a longtime volunteer for Shrine Circus shows in Baltimore and for nearly 20 years with Meals on Wheels. He was a 50-year member, former deacon and trustee of Towson Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Betz was a member of the American Legion's Parkville post, the Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States, the Masons' Mount Moriah Lodge 116, Scottish Rite and Boumi Temple.

He was an avid walker, reader and world traveler, having visited 90 countries, family members said.

Services are private.

Mr. Betz is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Mary Elizabeth Davis, a retired teacher at Baltimore County's Sparks Elementary School; two daughters, Jean Louise Betz of Bethesda and Laurie A. Tillet of Herndon, Va.; and four granddaughters.

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