George S. Hupfer, 81

Veteran, civil engineer

February 27, 2007

George Steuart Hupfer, who retired from the Army Corps of Engineers after helping design dams along the Susquehanna River, died Friday after undergoing heart surgery at University of Maryland Medical Center. He was 81.

Born in Walbrook and raised on Lyndhurst Avenue, he was a 1943 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School, where he played third base on the varsity baseball team. He enlisted in the Army at 17, fought in the Battle of the Bulge and participated in the occupation of Germany.

He earned a civil engineering degree at the University of Notre Dame and began work at the Baltimore district office of the Army Corps of Engineers in 1951.

In 1966, Mr. Hupfer became the chief of dams and levees in the Corps' foundations and materials branch, now the Geotechnical Branch. In 1973, he was named chief of foundations and materials for the Baltimore district. He worked on Susquehanna River dams in Pennsylvania.

Family members said his portrait is displayed in the Corps offices in downtown Baltimore in recognition of his work.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. today at Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church, 15661 Norbeck Blvd. in the Leisure World Retirement Community in Silver Spring, where the longtime Timonium resident moved nine years ago.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, the former Eunice McCardell; two daughters, Mary Schaeffer of Brookeville and Teresa McKitrick of Atlanta; and three grandchildren.

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