Benjamin G. Egerton Sr., 71, mechanical engineer

August 15, 2006

Benjamin G. Egerton Sr., the founder of a Baltimore engineering firm and a descendant of the family that started the investment firm Alex. Brown & Sons, died of heart and kidney failure Wednesday in hospice care at his son's Forest Hill home. The former Ruxton resident was 71.

Born and raised in Ruxton in Baltimore County, Mr. Egerton graduated from Gilman School and Cornell University.

He co-founded EBL Engineers Inc. in Baltimore in 1972, working as a mechanical engineer until his retirement in 1996.

At Cornell, Mr. Egerton met his future wife, Jacqueline Mahl, when his roommate stood her up for a date. They were married for 48 years. Mrs. Egerton died in 2005.

"He was never quite the same afterward," said Mr. Egerton's son, Benjamin Egerton Jr. of Forest Hill.

Mr. Egerton loved collecting things: stamps and coins as a boy, and postcards as an adult. He had one of the finest postcard collections in the country, his son said. Mr. Egerton also delighted in a good game of bridge.

He volunteered with the Ruxton Boy Scout troop where his four sons attained the rank of Eagle Scout.

Once he retired, Mr. Egerton and his wife moved from Ruxton to Reisterstown. When he fell sick eight months ago, he moved in with his son.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at New Hope Lutheran Church, 8575 Guilford Road, Columbia.

Survivors also include three other sons, Herbert Egerton of Naples, Fla., McKenny Egerton of Middletown, Del., and Charles Egerton of Emerald Isle, N.C.; a daughter, Jacqueline Schlueter of Columbia; a sister, Carolyn Murphy of Sparks; a brother, Stuart Egerton of Naples; and 15 grandchildren.

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