Edmund Eisenmeier, 91, cameraman

July 25, 2005|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Edmund J. Eisenmeier, a pioneering WMAR-TV cameraman and a talented magician who enjoyed entertaining children, died of complications from diabetes Tuesday at Genesis Eldercare Perring Parkway. The longtime Parkville resident was 91.

Mr. Eisenmeier was born in Baltimore and raised in Highlandtown. He was a 1932 graduate of City College and earned a bachelor's degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1936.

He worked as a photographer at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River before taking a job as a cameraman in the late 1940s at the fledgling WMAR-TV station. At that time, its studios were in The Sun's old Sun Square building at Baltimore and Charles streets, where the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre is today.

"He did all of my filming for 15 years of my show, The Port That Built a City - and State. He helped make it the great success it was," said former Rep. Helen Delich Bentley, then The Sun's maritime editor, whose weekly television show aired on Channel 2 from 1950 to 1965.

"He was a hard-working and devoted cameraman who was up early in the morning or late at night. Whatever needed to be done, he was always available," she said.

Mr. Eisenmeier was known as an exacting craftsman behind the lens.

"Ed was always so caring that he'd redo and redo a shot if he didn't feel it was good enough. And he always had ideas on how to improve a picture or to help a person who was having their first experience in front of a TV camera. He was very easygoing and could put them at ease," Mrs. Bentley said.

"He carried that camera on his shoulder for years, and I always worried about him. He was the last of the original production group from those days," she added.

After Mr. Eisenmeier retired in 1976, he was able to spend more time performing magic at children's parties.

"His name was `Mr. Ed, Not the Horse,'" said his son, Joseph E. Eisenmeier of Parkville.

Mr. Eisenmeier enjoyed sailing the Chesapeake Bay aboard his boat, the Senokat, which he kept at a marina in Bowleys Quarters. He also collected coins.

Mr. Eisenmeier was married for 43 years to the former Alvina Graves, who died in 2003.

Services were Saturday.

Surviving, in addition to his son, is a granddaughter.

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