Robert A. Suchy, CEO of construction firm

February 11, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Robert Anthony Suchy, CEO and founder of Atlantic Caisson Corp., which specializes in foundation construction for large buildings and bridges, died Saturday of a heart attack at his Ruxton home. He was 75.

Mr. Suchy, the son of Polish immigrants who owned a grocery store, was born in Baltimore and raised near Patterson Park. His family later moved to Rosedale.

After graduating from Loyola High School in 1953, where he had been an outstanding football player, Mr. Suchy attended the University of Maryland, College Park on a football scholarship and played for coach Jim Tatum.

He also played lacrosse when both the lacrosse and football teams were national champions.

After earning a degree in civil engineering in 1958, he became a district manager for Caisson Corp., a Chicago corporation that was trying to promote and install caissons with modern high-speed drilling methods.

He worked for several other companies before establishing Atlantic Caisson Corp. in 1972; it is based in Glen Rock, Pa.

In recent years, Mr. Suchy was semiretired but was still the company's CEO at his death.

His professional memberships included the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Association of Drilled Shaft Contractors.

Proud of his Polish heritage, Mr. Suchy had been president of the Polish American Professional Association, and served on the committee at the Walters Art Museum that brought the "Land of the Winged Horseman: Art in Poland" to the museum.

He also played an instrumental role in the planning for the National Katyn Memorial at Aliceanna and President streets that commemorates the slaughter of thousands of Polish army officers and soldiers by the Soviets in 1940 on the order of Josef Stalin.

A Ruxton resident for 40 years, Mr. Suchy was an avid Terps fan and also enjoyed sailing and skiing.

A lover of classical music, he was also a season subscriber to the Baltimore Symphony and the Baltimore Chamber orchestras.

He was a longtime communicant of St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church in Govans.

Plans for a Mass of Christian burial at his church were incomplete Tuesday because of the weather, family members said.

Surviving are his wife of 52 years, the former Cecily "Ginger" McDonald; three sons, John C. Suchy of Stoneleigh, Mark C. Suchy of Freeland and Luke J. Suchy of Boulder, Colo.; three sisters, Marie Klein and Theresa Williams, both of Rosedale, and Rosalie Vacovsky of Moorefield, W.Va.; and three grandsons.

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