William Eggleston, 81

Mechanical engineer

February 14, 2007

Joseph William Eggleston Jr., a retired mechanical engineer who had been vice president of a Baltimore engineering firm, died of kidney failure Saturday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 81, and a resident of the Towsongate Condominiums.

Mr. Eggleston, who was known as Bill, was born in Baltimore and raised in the city's Lake Montebello neighborhood. After graduating from Polytechnic Institute in 1943, he enlisted in the Army and served with its Corps of Engineers in Europe.

He earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Loyola College in 1950 and embarked on a 41-year career at Riggs Distler Co. Inc. He retired as a vice president of its mechanical industrial department in 1991.

An avid surf fisherman, he was a founder of the Ruxton Reelers, a group that competed in surf fishing tournaments on North Carolina's Outer Banks.

A longtime Riderwood resident before moving to Towson, he played golf at the Country Club of Maryland, listened to opera and jazz, and enjoyed bridge. He volunteered at Paul's Place Outreach Center in Pigtown and was a special-events usher at Towson University.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 24 at St. Stephen's Traditional Episcopal Church, 11856 Mays Chapel Road, Timonium, where he was a communicant.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, the former Georgetta Uhl; a son. Drake S. Eggleston of Durham, N.C.; two daughters, Suzanne G. Henneman of Reisterstown and Kathleen V. McWilliams of Rosedale; and seven grandchildren.

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