Alvin R. Flesher, 71

Aeronautical engineer

March 20, 2007

Alvin Raymond Flesher, a retired engineer and model builder, died Thursday at Sinai Hospital of head injuries after falling from a tree he was trimming at his Parkville home. He was 71.

Mr. Flesher was born in Houtzdale, Pa., and was raised in Pittsburgh. He earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical and aeronautical engineering in 1958 from the University of Pittsburgh, and served in the Air Force for three years in aircraft maintenance.

In 1962, he moved to Baltimore when he took a job as an engineer at Martin Marietta Corp. He later worked at Mueller Associates and as an energy management consultant for Comfort Link, an affiliate of BGE, from which he retired in 2004.

Mr. Flesher built and flew radio-controlled airplanes, and also made detailed models of airplanes. He was a member of the Baltimore Area Soaring Society, D.C. Maxecuters, and the Academy of Model Aeronautics.

A badminton enthusiast, he was a member and former treasurer of the Loch Raven Badminton Club and competed in the Senior Olympics.

He was an active member of Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W. Chesapeake Ave., where a memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. today.

Surviving are his wife of 48 years, the former Joanne Heesom; two sons, Jerry S. Flesher of Baltimore and Kenneth L. Flesher of Salem, N.H.; and six grandchildren.

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