Frederick F. Broglie Jr., 83

BGE technician

October 31, 2007

Frederick F. Broglie Jr., a retired BGE senior electrical technician, died of cancer complications Thursday at his Arnold home. He was 83.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Lehman Street, he was a 1942 Polytechnic Institute graduate. Family members said a bad heart prevented him from serving in the military during World War II. He worked at Maryland Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. in Fairfield. After the war, Mr. Broglie joined Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. in the electric test department on East Monument Street and later worked at the old Pratt Street power plant and on Madison Street. Mr. Broglie tested high-voltage equipment throughout the region and was a troubleshooter for newly installed equipment.

He retired in 1984.

"He was his own man," said Ezra Little, a former co-worker who lives in Westminster. "He had a lot of ideas that he was willing to share with others. He was a good teacher."

Mr. Broglie was a past president of the Mago Vista Civic Association and also made appearances before General Assembly committees where he made his views known.

"After you attend a couple of these meetings, you quickly adopt the philosophy that it's nothing more than a good-old-boy network," Mr. Broglie told a Sun reporter in 1991 after a Cabinet-level confirmation hearing. "There wasn't a real hearing on any of these guys last night. It was nothing more than a confirmation exercise. It was a legal rubber stamp for something that was already decided, a chance for these guys to slap each other on the back and joke around."

Mr. Broglie donated his body to medical research.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow at the Barranco and Sons Severna Park Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Highway.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, the former Dorothy Bessie Gardner; two sons, Donald F. Broglie and Robert J. Broglie, both of Arnold; a sister, Mary Lou Kline of Baltimore; two grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

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