Alfred Tolins, 81, structural engineer, WWII veteran

November 01, 2005

Alfred Tolins, a retired structural engineer and former Columbia resident, died from complications of Alzheimer's disease Saturday at Keswick Multi-Care Center. The Guilford resident was 81.

Mr. Tolins was born in Philadelphia and raised there and in Brooklyn, N.Y. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering from City College of New York, and later earned a master's degree in administration from George Washington University.

During World War II, Mr. Tolins enlisted in the Army and served as a rifleman under 3rd Army Gen. George S. Patton Jr. Wounded at the Battle of the Bulge, he was decorated with the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

A concrete expert, Mr. Tolins worked in New York as a structural engineer before joining the U.S. Navy Department in 1960. As a structural engineer, he traveled the world helping in the construction of shore facilities.

He received a presidential award for designing noise-abatement doors used on buildings called "hush houses," where jet engines were tested. He retired in 1990.

Mr. Tolins had performed with barbershop choruses and at the Fairfax Community Theater in Virginia.

He enjoyed playing chess and attending performances of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore Opera Co. He also regularly attended productions at Everyman Theatre and Center Stage locally, and at Arena Stage in Washington.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville.

Survivors include his wife of six years, the former Marjorie Levit, a retired Howard County educator; two daughters, Amy Mann of Centreville, Va., and Victoria Tolins of Fairfax, Va.; two brothers, Irwin Tolins of Shiremanstown, Pa., and Dr. Paul Tolins of Port Washington, N.Y.; a stepson, David Silverman of East Greenwich, R.I.; a stepdaughter, Jeanne Adams of Richmond, Vt.; two grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren. His first marriage ended in divorce.

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