Robert W. Beery, 83, engineer

August 28, 2006

Robert W. Beery, a longtime engineer for Westinghouse whom neighbors affectionately called the "Mayor of Walther Avenue," died of cancer Aug. 21 at Good Samaritan Hospital. The 70-year resident of that street in the Hamilton neighborhood of Baltimore was 83.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Mr. Beery graduated from Polytechnic Institute. He received his bachelor's degree in engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in 1943. He earned a master's degree in liberal arts from Johns Hopkins in 1967.

Though he never married, Mr. Beery had a long relationship with Ruth Doran, caring for her until her death in 1984.

In 1985, Mr. Beery reconnected with Catherine Cohn, the wife of his high school and college buddy Harold Cohn, who had recently died.

Mr. Beery was a holder of season tickets for two at Center Stage and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Ms. Cohn joined Mr. Beery for a show. The two had been inseparable ever since. "He became a part of our family," she said. "Some of our children thought of him as a father or grandfather figure. Some of them knew Bob longer than they knew their own father."

Mr. Beery and Ms. Cohn, of Towson, traveled the world together. Memorable destinations included Alaska, Russia, Italy, Australia and a Mediterranean cruise.

He pursued his photography hobby on those trips.

He also always tried out new local restaurants when they opened.

A memorial service was held Saturday at Zion United Church of Christ, where Mr. Beery was a lifelong member.

There are no other immediate survivors.

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