Robert C. Linthicum Sr., 87, civil engineer, painter

April 05, 2005

Robert C. Linthicum Sr., a retired civil engineer who had worked with the Army Corps of Engineers for 34 years, died of heart failure March 29 at his Severna Park home. He was 87.

Mr. Linthicum was born in Baltimore and raised in Linthicum Heights. After graduating from Glen Burnie High School, he earned a degree in civil engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.

He joined the Corps of Engineers in 1940, and after World War II participated in Operation Sandstone at Eniwetok in the Marshall Islands, where atomic bomb tests were carried out. His role was to report on the structural impact of three of the bombs.

While assigned to the corps' Baltimore District, he was construction manager for a number of projects including design of the National Security Agency facility at Fort Meade. He was later chief of the Air Force Branch of the corps' Military Construction Division in Washington.

After retiring from the civilian position in 1974, he opened and managed the Washington office of Heery & Heery, an Atlanta architectural firm, for several years, until joining Trident Engineering in Annapolis. He retired in the 1980s.

Mr. Linthicum, who lived in the Linstead community of Severna Park, also designed homes, additions and commercial facilities in Round Bay, Severna Park and Glen Burnie, family members said.

His wife of 63 years, the former Edna Cartwright, died in 2004.

Mr. Linthicum was a 60-year member of the Glen Burnie Masonic Lodge and also was a member of the Annapolis Yacht Club and the Johns Hopkins Club. He was an avid watercolorist and enjoyed boating, golf and tennis.

Mr. Linthicum was a member of Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park, where services were held yesterday.

Survivors include two sons, Robert C. Linthicum Jr. of Fredericksburg, Va., and Charles H. Linthicum of Severna Park; a sister, Rebecca Meseke of Linthicum Heights; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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