David Glen Niswonger, 57, MdTA administrator

July 07, 2005

David Glen Niswonger, an assistant administrator with the Maryland Transportation Authority, died Sunday of hepatitis C at his Garrett County vacation home. He was 57.

Mr. Niswonger was born in Havre de Grace and raised in Aberdeen. After graduating from Aberdeen High School in 1965, he went to work two years later for the Maryland Transportation Authority as a maintenance worker on the John F. Kennedy Highway.

He was later promoted to assistant facility maintenance supervisor at the Fort McHenry Tunnel in 1985, and held the same position in the early 1990s at the Harbor Tunnel. At his death, he was assistant administrator of maintenance operations for both tunnels.

"We were like brothers, and he was my right-hand man. He oversaw maintenance operations in both tunnels and working with other supervisors made sure the work got done," said David L. Roehmer, Maryland Transportation Authority facility administrator, and friend of 20 years. "He was a jack-of-all-trades who stayed in the background and got things done."

Mr. Niswonger, who lived in Aberdeen, was awaiting a liver transplant at Johns Hopkins Hospital at the time of his death.

An avid hunter and fisherman, Mr. Niswonger enjoyed spending time at his cabin in Avilton, Garrett County. He also was a NASCAR and Orioles fan.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at McComas Funeral Home, 1317 Cokesbury Road, Abingdon.

Mr. Niswonger is survived by his wife of 15 years, the former Terry Ellen Horn; a daughter, Danielle Renee Smith of Perryman; a stepson, David Brian Wolf of Aberdeen; his mother, Elizabeth Rose Niswonger of Aberdeen; a brother, James D. Niswonger of Aberdeen; two sisters, Nancy Collins of Churchville and Carol Gibbs of Abingdon; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. His first marriage, to Patricia Feldman, ended in divorce.

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