Irvin S. Poehlman, 81, civil engineer

June 07, 2006

Irvin Scott Poehlman, a retired civil engineer and former Towson resident, died of complications from dementia and a fall May 31 at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 81.

Mr. Poehlman was born in Baltimore and raised in Stoneleigh and Towson. He was a 1941 graduate of Towson High School and enlisted in the Army Air Forces in 1943.

Trained as a B-24 pilot, Mr. Poehlman remained stateside and attained the rank of lieutenant.

He worked for the Baltimore County Department of Public Works from 1945 to 1955, while earning a degree in civil engineering at the old McCoy College of the Johns Hopkins University. From 1955 to 1970, he was employed as an engineer for Spamer & Associates before returning to the county Public Works Department. He retired in 1990.

"Roads were his specialty, and while working for Spamer & Associates, he built all the roads in Parkwood Cemetery where he is buried. He knew and liked the people there and that's why he wanted to be buried in that cemetery," said his wife of 62 years, the former Ruth Margaret Doggett.

Mr. Poehlman had lived for 40 years on Aigburth Avenue before moving to Towsongate Condominiums in 1998. Since last year, he and his wife had lived at Glen Meadows retirement community in Glen Arm.

He was an avid collector of U.S. coins and stamps.

Mr. Poehlman was a 41-year member of Central Presbyterian Church, where he had taught Sunday school and been a trustee and elder. Services were held there Monday.

Also surviving are a son, the Rev. Thomas S. Poehlman of Denton; a daughter, Carol A. Pallante of Timonium; three grandsons; and a great-granddaughter. Another daughter, Janet L. Tutchton, died in 1995.

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