Edward Henry Schneider Jr. dies at age 93

Liberty Reservoir engineer had worked on the cooling system of the World War II atomic bomb

April 19, 2010|By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun

Edward Henry Schneider Jr., a retired Baltimore City engineer and founder of a Lutheran congregation, died of a stroke Tuesday at Carroll Hospice's Dove House in Westminster. The Sykesville resident was 93.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Gardenville, he attended Hamilton Junior High School and was a 1935 Polytechnic Institute graduate. He worked at the Locke Insulator Co. in South Baltimore while earning his civil engineering degree at the Johns Hopkins University.

During World War II, he was assigned to a post classified as secret. He was part of the Manhattan Project and worked on the cooling systems associated with the creation of the atomic bomb.

"It was secret and he never talked about it," said his son, Edward Schneider III of Sykesville. "He was irritated. He wanted to go into the Air Force but he was prevented because of the work he was doing."

After the war, he joined the Baltimore City Department of Public Works' bureau of water supply and worked at the Ashburton Filtration Plant in Northwest Baltimore.

After residing on Elmley Avenue near Clifton Park, he moved to Sykesville in 1962 because he was the chief engineer for the design of the Liberty Reservoir. He retired about 30 years ago.

He was one of the founding members of Holy Spirit Lutheran Church.

In his free time, he gardened, did woodworking, fished and carved ducks.

"He was self-sufficient," said his son. "There wasn't anything he couldn't do."

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Haight Funeral Home and Chapel, 6416 Sykesville Road in Sykesville.

In addition to his son, survivors include another son, John Robert Schneider of Sykesville; two daughters, Pat Fairbanks of Ellicott City and Janet Harney of Westminster; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. His wife of 69 years, the former Sylvia Reda Hughes, died last year.

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

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