John P. Landis, 71, Marine officer

June 17, 2006

John Paul Landis, a retired Marine Corps officer who had a second career as a civil engineer, died of pancreatic cancer June 9 at his Arnold home. He was 71.

He was born and raised in Cumberland and graduated in 1953 from Virginia Military Institute with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. He later earned a master's degree in the same field from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master's in administration from George Washington University.

He served in the Marines - including a stint in Vietnam - from 1957 until his retirement with the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1979. That year, he joined the Baltimore firm of Kaiser Engineering - now Earth Tech - and worked on projects including the design and construction of the Baltimore Metro.

Colonel Landis was a vice president when he retired in 2001.

His professional memberships included the American Facilities Engineering Society and Maryland Engineering Society.

An HO-gauge model railroad buff, he was a member of the Severna Park Model Railroad Club. He also was a member of Kiwanis International and International Travel Club of Annapolis.

He was a member and trustee of Riva Trace Baptist Church, 2990 Riva Trace Parkway, Annapolis, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. June 24.

Surviving are his wife of 48 years, the former Marilynn D. Baldwin; a son, Mark A. Landis of Tucson, Ariz.; two daughters, Sheri D. Blaylock of Globe, Ariz., and Diane C. Mullis of Oakton, Va.; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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