Walter D. Hyle Jr.

Age 89: Civil Defense director

May 13, 2008|By Jacques Kelly

Walter D. Hyle Jr., a former Civil Defense director for Baltimore County who had been manager of the old Bay Shore Park, died of a heart attack May 6 at Good Samaritan Hospital. The Parkville resident was 89.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Luzerne Avenue, he attended St. Andrew's Parochial School and was a 1936 Calvert Hall College High School graduate. He was later active in its Quarterback Club.

He served in the Army from 1940 to 1944 and was later in the Maryland National Guard.

He managed Bay Shore Park in the 1940s and held the same position at New Bay Shore Park on the Chesapeake Bay.

He worked for the Internal Revenue Service until being named Civil Defense director for Baltimore County. He served during the Agnew and Anderson administrations.

He retired as the adjutant for the Maryland Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans.

From 1963 to 1964, he was the national commander of the Catholic War Veterans. He traveled to Rome and had an audience with Pope Paul VI.

He was also active with the Patriots of Fort McHenry, the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation and Maryland Law Enforcement Officers Inc.

A Mass was offered Saturday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, where he was a member.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 66 years, the former Grace E. Guy; two sons, Walter D. "Dewey" Hyle III of Stewartstown, Pa. and Michael Hyle of Bel Air; two daughters, Pamela Hess of Perry Hall and Grace "G.G." Hyle of Cockeysville; three sisters, Audrey Taylor of Dundalk, Nancy Milani of Rosedale and Ginger Baranoski of Joppa; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

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