Andrew Parker Jr., 76

Consulting engineer

May 20, 2008

Andrew J. Parker Jr., a retired consulting engineer and longtime Towson resident, died Friday at Lorien Mays Chapel. He was 76.

Mr. Parker was born and raised in Baltimore and was a 1949 graduate of Polytechnic Institute. He worked as a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. draftsman while studying mechanical engineering at the Johns Hopkins University, from which he earned his bachelor's degree in 1960.

In 1960, he went to work at Martin Marietta Corp. in Middle River and was the environmental control group engineer on the Gemini Launch Vehicle project.

In 1967, he earned a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia.

He later joined Hittman Associates Inc. where he designed, analyzed, made and tested energy conversion devices, nuclear systems, and devices for medical and aerospace applications.

In 1973, Mr. Parker was named vice president and treasurer of Mueller Associates; he became president and chief executive officer of the firm in 1976.

He left the company in 1997 and joined Edwards & Kelsey, a Baltimore engineering company, and remained there until retiring in 2005.

Mr. Parker also was an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Engineering and Environmental Design, where he taught graduate level courses in the fundamentals, economics and the applications of solar energy.

He was a member and president of the Consulting Engineering Council of Maryland and was national president of the American Consulting Engineers Council.

Mr. Parker was a former president of the Engineering Society of Baltimore and had been named Engineer of the Year in 1995.

He was named a fellow in the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers Inc.; and the American Consulting Engineers Council.

Mr. Parker enjoyed the theater and attending concerts of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Opera Company and Theatre Hopkins.

He was a communicant and former senior warden and vestry member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 811 Cathedral St., where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. May 28.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, the former Charlotte Osborn; three sons, Bruce O. Parker of Guyton, Ga., Charles A. Parker of Phoenix, Baltimore County, and Mark R. Parker of Pasadena; two daughters, Katherine Yates of Phoenix, Baltimore County, and Charlene Rozich of Charlestown, W.Va.; and 16 grandchildren.

Frederick N. Rasmussen

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