James Biddle, 62

Army safety technician

March 26, 2007

James "J.B." Weldon Biddle, an environmental safety technician at Fort Meade, died at his Baltimore home Thursday of lung and bone cancer. He was 62.

Born in Norfolk, Va., Mr. Biddle's family moved to Northwest Baltimore when he was 4 years old. He graduated from Forest Park High school in 1962.

Mr. Biddle went on to earn a bachelor's degree in 1967 from Colorado State University, which he attended on a football scholarship.

After college, Mr. Biddle joined the Army, serving briefly in Germany before deciding to return to the West, which he fell in love with while at school. He then earned a master's degree in 1976 from the University of Wyoming.

"Our parents pushed us to go to school, continue, and get as many degrees as you can," said his sister, Ruth Biddle Greene of Baltimore.

Mr. Biddle returned to Baltimore in 1982 to teach at the Chesapeake Center for Youth Development. After about six years at the school, he got a job with the Army. He traveled to bases all over the world to assess their safety, looking for hazards such as lead paint and dangerous playground equipment.

"This job offered him an opportunity to travel, and it just seemed a really good fit for him," his sister said.

Mr. Biddle retired in February when his health deteriorated.

In addition to his sister, he is survived by a brother, Stephen E. Biddle Jr. of Baltimore.

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