Timothy J. Hynes Jr., transit agency police chief

August 26, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Timothy J. Hynes Jr., a Pearl Harbor survivor and World War II gunnery officer who later was chief of the Maryland Transit Authority Police, died Aug. 17 of a cardiac arrest at his Mays Chapel home. He was 89.

Mr. Hynes was born and raised in New York City. After earning a bachelor's degree in business administration from Fordham University in 1941, he was commissioned an officer in the Navy.

Mr. Hynes was stationed at Pearl Harbor and was an eyewitness to the Japanese attack on Dec. 7, 1941.

"He was walking home from church when the attack started and then headed for his ship, which wasn't damaged," said his son, Timothy J. Hynes III of Towson. "He didn't talk a lot about what happened but did say his Auburn automobile had been plowed off the street and he never knew what happened to it."

During the war years, Mr. Hynes served as a gunnery officer aboard the cruisers USS Honolulu, San Francisco and Vincennes, and he participated in the Guadalcanal and Corregidor campaigns in the Pacific.

He was discharged in 1945 with the rank of lieutenant commander, and his decorations included 13 battle stars and the Pearl Harbor Commemorative Medal awarded by Congress.

Mr. Hynes joined the FBI after the war and served as a special agent in Charlotte, N.C., and Indianapolis before coming to the Baltimore field office in 1950.

He specialized in organized automobile theft rings and, after retiring from the FBI in 1975, was named chief of the Maryland Transit Authority police, a position he held until retiring in the early 1990s.

The former longtime resident of the Campus Hills neighborhood of Baltimore County, who later lived in Timonium and Mays Chapel, enjoyed sailing and gardening. He also was an accomplished carver of decoys and shorebirds.

He was a communicant of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Cockeysville.

Services were held Thursday at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home.

Also surviving are his wife of 64 years, the former Eileen McDonald; a daughter, Ellen Marie McCoy of Fairfax, Va.; a brother, William Hynes of Flushing, N.Y.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandsons. Another son, Stephen Hynes, died in 1953.

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