Roger D. Posey, career railroader

March 21, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Roger Dean Posey, a retired railroader who was director of occupational health and safety for the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, died March 11 of pancreatic cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care. The Eldersburg resident was 56.

Mr. Posey, whose father was vice president of engineering for the Chessie System, was born in Ashland, Ky., and moved to Arbutus with his family in 1966.

He was a 1971 graduate of Lansdowne High School and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1979.

Mr. Posey was 18 when he began his railroad career as a yardman with what became CSX. He was later promoted to tower operator, yardmaster and train master.

He was head of intermodal transportation for CSX at the time of his 1991 retirement, and he played a major role in the development of the railroad's Sea Marine Terminal in Southeast Baltimore.

From 1992 to 2000, he was global manager of Walker Electronic Silencing, a division of Tenneco, which distributed noise cancellation technology worldwide.

He then joined the federal Transportation Security Administration at what is now Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

In 2007, he became occupational health and safety director for the Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region Division in Baghdad.

At his death, he was working as director of occupational health and safety for the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, which was created after the Sept. 11 attacks, at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va.

An avid mountain climber, Mr. Posey was a member of the joint U.S.-China expedition that climbed Mount McKinley in Alaska in 1989.

He was a charter member of Carroll Community Church in Reisterstown, now Life Point Church, where services are set for 11 a.m. today.

Surviving are his wife of 26 years, the former Peggy Rice; a son, Spencer W.K. Posey of Eldersburg; a daughter, Sarah W. Posey of Charleston, S.C.; his father, Max H. Posey of Columbia; and three brothers, Larry M. Posey of Pensacola, Fla., Garry L. Posey of San Diego and Barry D. Posey of Columbia.

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