Daniel Martin Pearce, 84

Structural engineer who designed Maryland Zoo's giraffe house

January 26, 2007

Daniel Martin Pearce, a retired structural engineer, died of heart failure Saturday at Oak Crest Village in Parkville. The former Towson resident was 84.

Mr. Pearce was born in Baltimore and raised in Sparks. He was a 1939 graduate of the old Sparks High School and earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Swarthmore College in 1943.

During World War II, he enlisted in the Army Air Forces and was trained as a B-29 gunner. He attained the rank of lieutenant. After the war, he worked as a mechanical engineer at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River. In the early 1950s, he joined the engineering firm of Van Rensselaer P. Saxe, and later Saxe & Co., in Baltimore, and was part of the engineering team that designed bridges for the Baltimore Beltway. In 1967, he established Daniel Martin Pearce & Associates Structural Engineers. He retired in the early 1990s.

"His favorite project was designing the giraffe house" at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, said his son, Daniel Scott Pearce of Worcester, Mass.

Mr. Pearce was a lifetime member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

The 40-year Bosley Avenue resident moved to the Parkville retirement community in 2003. He enjoyed trap shooting, hunting, photography and hiking on the Northern Central Railroad trail.

Services are private.

Also surviving are another son, Steven Brooks Pearce of Monte Rio, Calif., and two grandchildren. His marriage to Marjory Smith Mecartney ended in divorce.

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