Michael H. Higgins Jr., 65, computer programmer

February 26, 2005

Michael H. Higgins Jr., a retired computer programmer and rail and streetcar buff, died of heart failure Feb. 16 at a hospital in Carlisle, Pa. The former Northeast Baltimore resident was 65.

Mr. Higgins was born in Baltimore and raised on Kirk Avenue. After graduating from Polytechnic Institute, he served in the Air Force in the late 1950s and 1960s.

He earned a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Baltimore in 1972, and a year later began working for the state government as a computer programmer. He retired in 1999.

Mr. Higgins had lived in Shippensburg, Pa., since 2003.

He was a member of the Baltimore Streetcar Museum, where he served as a volunteer conductor and motorman. He was also a member of the National Railway Historical Society's Baltimore chapter, and collected and operated HO-gauge trains.

A funeral Mass was offered Monday at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Fullerton.

Survivors include three daughters, Catherine Mullins of Carlisle, Colleen M. Jahn of Edgewood and Caroline M. Higgins of Baltimore; three grandchildren; and his friend, Christine Frogner of Biglerville, Pa. His marriage to the former Sharon Kirkbride ended in divorce.

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