Alfred J. Simpson, 59

Engineering executive

September 18, 2007

Alfred J. Simpson, an engineering firm executive who worked on historic landmarks, died of asbestos-related lung cancer Sept. 8 at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. The Pasadena resident was 59.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Joppa, he was a 1965 Edgewood High School graduate and earned a degree in civil engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park.

He joined Allied Contractors Inc. in 1971 as a project engineer and, at his death, was its chief executive officer.

In the past three decades, he worked on the reconstruction of Key Highway and the Inner Harbor promenade park. He was also involved with the rebuilding of War Memorial Plaza and the Patterson Park Boat Lake, the Druid Hill Park mansion, Druid Lake Fountain restoration and the Gwynns Falls walking trail. He also oversaw work at the historic Jerusalem Mill at Gunpowder Falls State Park, among the other projects.

Mr. Simpson served on the board of the Baltimore Public Works Museum and belonged to numerous professional organizations.

A memorial gathering will be held from noon to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at Sabatino's Restaurant, 901 Fawn St.

Survivors include his wife of 16 years, the former Jan Cox; a daughter, Rebekah Davidson of Baltimore; his mother, Dorothy Simpson of Joppa; his brother, Gary Simpson of Joppa; a sister, Patti Faw of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and two grandchildren.

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