Carl-Eric Beve, 95

Civil engineer

May 17, 2008|By Jacques Kelly

Carl-Eric Beve, a retired Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. civil engineer, died of pulmonary disease May 8 at Augsburg Lutheran Village. The former Villa Nova resident was 95.

Born in Sundsvall, Sweden, he came to the United States to study civil engineering at Cornell University, where he was a member of the Class of 1938 and the ski team captain. While at school, he met his future wife, Ludmila "Mimi" Koshkin.

The couple settled in Baltimore in 1945, when Mr. Beve was hired as the fourth engineer with Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. In his 33-year career, he was involved with work at the Glenn L. Martin aircraft plant in Middle River, the Russell Street Viaduct in downtown Baltimore and the Delaware Memorial Bridge, among other assignments.

Active in his community, Mr. Beve was president of the Villa Nova Improvement Association and board chairman of Boy Scout Troop 790.

Mr. Beve enjoyed sports car rallying and bought a Volvo auto when the vehicles were initially imported from Sweden. He belonged to the Volvo Club, and before the cars became commonplace, he and other family members owned four.

His family said auto salesmen would drive prospective buyers past the house to demonstrate the popularity of the car.

Mr. Beve also used a computer, read Swedish newspapers online and corresponded with family members and friends.

A memorial service was held Wednesday.

Survivors include a son, Carl-Eric Beve Jr. of Baltimore; a daughter, Karin Beve Kastetter of Hendersonville, N.C.; two brothers, Carl-Ragnar Beve and Carl-Lennart Beve, both of Sweden; two granddaughters; and a great-granddaughter. His wife of 68 years died last year.

Jacques Kelly

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