Edward M. Kahoe, 83

Transportation chief

October 14, 2006

Edwin Michael Kahoe, a retired mass transportation executive, died Tuesday of pneumonia at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Phoenix resident was 83.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Abell Avenue, Mr. Kahoe enrolled at Loyola College, but his studies were interrupted by World War II. He served in the Army in the Aleutian Islands and was superintendent of an Army shipyard, attaining the rank of lieutenant.

After the war he studied engineering at West Virginia University, the Johns Hopkins University and Northwestern University. He received a law degree from the University of Baltimore in 1952.

Mr. Kahoe was an assistant traffic commissioner under city traffic chief Henry Barnes until 1957, when he was promoted to a post supervising bus, streetcar and subway service.

He was named president of Eastern Massachusetts Street Railway Co., a Boston-area bus operation, in 1968. Two years later, Mr. Kahoe was named chief of operational planning for the Maryland Transit Administration. He retired in 1988 as the MTA's resident manager, though he served as a consultant for another two years.

Mr. Kahoe's wife of 48 years, the former Margaret Holden, died in 1993. He then married the former Rose Miller. She died in 1995.

A Mass was offered yesterday at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Hydes, where he was a member.

Survivors include a son, E. Michael Kahoe of Jacksonville, Fla.; a daughter, Kelly Sheehan of Phoenix in Baltimore County; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A daughter, Mary Patricia Kahoe, died in 2001.

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