Robert W. Parrott, engineer and estimator

January 10, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Robert W. "Bob" Parrott, a World War II Navy veteran who later worked as an engineer and estimator, died of cancer Dec. 27 at Gilchrist Hospice Care.

The longtime Ednor Gardens resident was 92.

Mr. Parrott, the son of a structural engineer and a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised in Hamilton.

He was a 1936 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and studied engineering and aircraft design at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, College Park.

During the late 1930s and early '40s, he worked with his father at Dietrich Brothers, a steel fabricator, and then joined the old Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River.

He enlisted in the Navy in 1944, and after training, was sent to the Philippine Islands, where he worked in aircraft maintenance.

After the war, Mr. Parrott worked in the Baltimore construction industry as an engineer and estimator.

He retired in 1986 from Ultra Construction Co. where he had been responsible for preparing general contract bids on commercial and renovation projects, negotiating sub-contracts, and purchasing construction materials.

He enjoyed big band music, duckpin bowling and wood carving.

His wife of 32 years, the former Shirley Jewell Hawkins, died in 1975.

Mr. Parrott was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Hamilton, where services were held Monday.

Surviving are three sons, Robert W. Parrott II of Abingdon, John D. Parrott of Sykesville and Steven J. Parrott of Annapolis; three daughters, Patricia I. Pahr of Towson, Susan I. Concannon of Ellicott City and Barbara Lynn Jones of Erial, N.J.; a sister, Jean Cooper of Tucson, Ariz.; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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