Irvin E. Duley, 90

Railroad conductor

December 28, 2006

Irvin E. Duley, a retired railroad conductor, died of congestive heart failure Dec. 21 at his daughter's home in Woodland Park, Colo. The former Northwood resident was 90.

Born in Baltimore and raised on 21st Street, he was a 1935 graduate of City College. He worked for Bethlehem Steel at Sparrows Point before joining his four brothers, father and grandfather at the Pennsylvania Railroad.

He worked 36 years for the railroad, mostly on the Washington-New York corridor.

"He saw the Pennsylvania Railroad evolve to the Penn-Central and eventually to Amtrak," said daughter Jean Klein, with whom he lived in Colorado. "He met many celebrities through the years, but his most memorable were Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt."

She said her father was selected on one memorable trip to inform Mrs. Roosevelt that she was on the wrong train and would have to be re-routed to Cleveland upon her arrival in Boston.

"He recalled that she was most gracious and good-natured," his daughter said. "He had a great sense of humor, and he could use that to his advantage."

Mr. Duley retired in 1977 and moved to Florida, later residing in North Carolina and Virginia. In his spare time, he visited his children and often did home repair projects for them.

Plans for a memorial service are incomplete.

Survivors also include three sons, Richard Duley of Raleigh, N.C., Robert Duley of Parkton and William Duley of Boise, Idaho; two daughters, Barbara Langrehr of Richmond, Va., and Anne Small of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; a sister, Helen McLean of Towson; 16 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. His wife of 65 years, the former Margaret Ackenback, died in 2001. A son, Thomas M. Duley, died in 2002.

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