Otho James Haynie, engineer and woodworker

October 15, 2008|By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN

Otho James Haynie, a retired American Totalisator Co. engineer and accomplished woodworker, died of pneumonia Oct. 8 at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 90.

Mr. Haynie was born in Baltimore and raised in Mount Washington. He was a 1936 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and earned bachelor's degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.

During World War II, he served as a lieutenant with an Army Air Forces rescue squadron in Europe. His decorations included the Bronze Star, family members said.

"We don't know what for. He was very modest whenever he spoke about the war," said his sister, Mary Katherine Pechulis of Timonium.

He worked for 38 years at American Totalisator's Hillen Road plant in Towson before retiring in 1983.

Mr. Haynie enjoyed building furniture for family members. "He even built a boat in his yard which he christened Jim's Beam," his sister said.

He lived for years in a home on McDonogh Road before moving to the Risteau at Rockland condominiums near Brooklandville. This year, he and his wife of nine years, the former Nina Sager, moved to the Brightwood retirement community in Lutherville.

Mr. Haynie also liked to vacation at a second home on Sanibel Island, Fla.

A memorial gathering will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Brightwood, 515 Brightfield Road.

In addition to his wife and sister, survivors include two stepsons, William "Buck" Sager of Towson and Scott Sager of Roland Park; and two stepdaughters, Patricia Allan of Key Largo, Fla., and Barbara Lotz of Los Angeles.

Mr. Haynie was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Elizabeth Steuart, who died in 1997; and sons Robert Pierson Haynie and James Steuart Haynie, who died in 1996 and 2001, respectively.

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