Gerald J. Rausa, 82

Engineer, EPA official

December 03, 2007

Gerald J. Rausa, a former Marine and worker for the Environmental Protection Agency, died Thursday of cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. The Timonium resident was 82.

Mr. Rausa was born and raised in Solvay, N.Y., the son of an engineer and a homemaker. After graduating from high school in 1943, he served in the Marine Corps until 1946.

After his discharge, he enrolled at Syracuse University, where he met his wife of 60 years. Mr. Rausa graduated in 1950 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, then enrolled at the University of Rochester and received a master's degree in nuclear engineering in 1953.

Mr. Rausa moved to the Baltimore area and worked for the Glenn L. Martin Co. from 1953 to 1964 as an engineer. Mr. Rausa relocated from Lutherville, where he bought his first house in 1956, to Tennessee for a year before settling in Timonium in 1963.

After leaving Martin, Mr. Rausa worked as a private consultant before joining the EPA in 1968, where he worked for 20 years.

Joseph Rausa of Lancaster, Pa., said the EPA sent his father to the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, in then-Yugoslavia, to help prepare the city.

"He was pretty proud of that," the son said. "That was probably his most important mission."

Mr. Rausa loved fishing, tennis and bike-riding in Hunt Valley. He also belonged to the Evergreen Society.

Funeral services are scheduled for noon today at the Lemmon Funeral Home of Dulaney Valley in Timonium.

Other survivors include his wife, Ruby C. Rausa of Timonium; another son, Michael D. Rausa of Fallston; three sisters, Dolores VanDewalker of Syracuse, N.Y., Eleanor Francemone of Solvay, N.Y., and Betty Miguel of Raleigh, N.C.; and four grandchildren.

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