Joseph H. Bourdon III, 74, environmental engineer

August 25, 2005

Joseph H. Bourdon III, a retired environmental engineer whose specialty was water and wastewater treatment, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Aug. 18 at the Quail Run assisted-living facility in Perry Hall. The Timonium resident was 74.

Mr. Bourdon was born in Baltimore and raised in Overlea. He was a 1948 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and earned a degree in civil engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1952.

After serving in the Air Force from 1952 to 1954, he began his engineering career at Whitman Requardt Associates in Baltimore. He left in 1980 and worked for a decade at KCI Technologies before returning to his former firm in 1990.

In 1994, he joined Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson in Hunt Valley, where he worked until retiring in 1997.

"One of his projects, which brought him an award by the Maryland Society of Professional Engineers, was his management of the $22 million Abingdon water treatment project in Harford County," said his wife of 53 years, the former F. Jeanne Hoke.

He was a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, American Water Works Association, and the Water Environment Federation.

Formerly a longtime resident of Lutherville, he had been a volunteer with the Jacksonville Optimists Club, a Boy Scout troop leader and youth athletic director for the Baltimore Jaycees. He enjoyed golfing, hunting and fishing.

Mr. Bourdon was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church of Blenheim in Long Green, where services were held Sunday.

Other survivors include two sons, David G. Bourdon of Huntingtown and James B. Bourdon of Fulton; two daughters, Cheryl Persico of Glen Arm and Suzanne Edwards of Henderson, Caroline County; his stepmother, Naomi Bourdon, and a sister, Naomi Thacker, both of San Bernardino, Calif.; and four grandsons.

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