Thomas Hanford Grieger, 91, engineer

August 29, 2006

Thomas Hanford Grieger, a retired Martin Marietta engineer and bicycling enthusiast, died of Alzheimer's disease Friday at ManorCare Ruxton. The longtime Baldwin resident was 91.

Mr. Grieger was born and raised in Fairfield, Conn., and served in the Connecticut National Guard. He moved to Baltimore in the late 1930s, when he went to work for Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River.

During the early 1940s, Mr. Grieger was lead engineer on a project that studied the effects of adverse winter weather on airplane wings at the top of 6,288-foot Mount Washington in New Hampshire. The results of those experiments, family members said, resulted in better de-icing equipment for airplanes.

After retiring in the early 1970s, Mr. Grieger established Wheelman's Place in Jacksonville, Baltimore County, where he sold and repaired bicycles. He closed the business in 1980.

Mr. Grieger, who also organized and led weekend bicycle tours, had pedaled through Europe and the United States during summer vacations.

"One year, he had ridden 5,300 miles, and each birthday, he biked his age and continued to do so until he was 85," said a daughter-in-law, Patricia Alfin-Grieger.

Mr. Grieger also liked hiking and planting trees on the grounds of his Baldwin home of more than a half-century.

"If he found a seedling, he'd dig it up, and then would give it to somebody," Mrs. Alfin-Grieger said.

At Mr. Grieger's request, there are no services.

Also surviving are his wife of 63 years, the former Lois Meador, an artist; two sons, Thomas H. Grieger II of Stewartstown, Pa., and Alan K. Grieger of Hampstead; a daughter, Gay Grieger-Lods of Richmond, Calif.; a sister, Lois McLevy of Sterling, Conn.; two grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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