Thomas A. Gorman III, a mechanical contractor whose work included Oriole Park at Camden Yards, died Tuesday of complications from surgery at the Brightwood Rehabilitation Center. The Timonium resident was 80.
Born in Johnstown, Pa., he lost his left arm in a high school bus accident at 16. He attended the University of Pittsburgh and then the Johns Hopkins University after moving to Baltimore in the early 1950s to work as a draftsman and project manager for the Lloyd E. Mitchell Co.
In 1964, he founded his own business, T.A. Gorman Inc., in Towson. His firm did work at the presidential retreat at Camp David, Orioles Park at Camden Yards, Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point plant, BWI-Marshall Airport, the old General Motors plant, Baltimore Gas & Electric, the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen and the National Cancer Institute in Frederick. The firm remains in family hands and is located in Rosedale.
"He was also held in the utmost regard by current and former employees - known by all for being kind, fair and generous," said Deborah Dunkes, a business associate. "He was a mentor for all that worked for the company and some that proceeded to successful independent endeavors of their own."
Mr. Gorman was active in the Mechanical Contractors Association of Maryland and was a life member and former president of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, among other organizations.
An avid fisherman and boater, Mr. Gorman was a member of the Annapolis Yacht Club, the Baltimore Yacht Club and the Marathon Yacht Club in Marathon, Fla., where he kept a winter home. He was a former commodore of the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Clubs Association. He was also a supporter of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
He won many professional awards and honors, including the S.I.R. Award from the Associated General Contractors of Maryland and the Building Congress Craftsmanship Award.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane in Cockeysville, where he was a member.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, the former Betty Jane Savering; a son, Thomas A. Gorman IV of Chicago; a daughter, Judith G. Cangemi of Annapolis; a brother, John R. Gorman of Bowie; a sister, Mary Jane Henger of Millersville, Pa.; and two grandchildren.