Gerard H. Schlimm, 76, engineer, Hopkins lecturer

October 28, 2005

Gerard H. Schlimm, a retired administrator and lecturer at the Johns Hopkins University's engineering school, died of pneumonia related to Alzheimer's disease Oct. 21 at the Mennonite Home in Lancaster, Pa. The former Homeland resident was 76.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Belnord Avenue, he was a 1947 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School, where he played varsity football and lacrosse, wrestled and ran track.

He worked for Bethlehem Steel Corp. at Sparrows Point and was an inspector for the old Maryland State Roads Commission before earning a bachelor's degree in civil engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. He also earned a master's degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a doctorate from the University of Maryland. He served in the Army during the Korean War.

Dr. Schlimm was a mechanical equipment engineer for the ESSO Research and Engineering Co. from 1957 to 1960 in Linden, N.J. He then taught at the University of Maryland and the Naval Academy, and was a construction engineer for Trident Engineering in Annapolis.

From 1966 to 1994, when he retired, he was a senior lecturer and directed part-time and special programs at the Hopkins' Whiting School of Engineering on the Homewood campus.

He also served on the Mayor's Manpower Commission and was a past chairman of the Civic Design Commission, which placed artwork in public buildings.

Named to Gov. Marvin Mandel's Science Advisory Council in 1975, he held offices in the American Society of Civil Engineers, National Society of Professional Engineers and Engineering Society of Baltimore, and Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.

Services will be held at noon today at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lancaster, where he had been a member since moving to the area in 1993.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, the former Janice Althouse; three sons, Karl A. Schlimm of Chandler, Ariz., Frederick B. Schlimm of East Stroudsburg, Pa., and Paul G. Schlimm of Salisbury, England; five brothers, Albert, John and Joseph Schlimm, all of Baltimore, Charles Schlimm of Monkton and Robert Schlimm of Littleton, Colo.; four sisters, Pauline Gmurek, Katherine Marvel and Carolyn Weaver, all of Baltimore, and Anna Marie Reithmiller of Millvale, Pa; and five grandchildren.

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