Jonathan E. Moxley III dies at 90

Retired commercial architect was an avid golfer and volunteer

August 24, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Jonathan Eldridge Moxley III, a retired commercial architect who had served in India during World War II, died Sunday from complications of dementia at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium.

He was 90.

Mr. Moxley, the son of an architect and a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised in Walbrook and Catonsville.

He was a 1939 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and earned a degree in architectural drafting in 1942 from what is now the Maryland Institute College of Art.

He studied architectural design and theory of structure on the G.I. Bill at the Johns Hopkins University's McCoy College.

From 1939 to 1942, he worked as a design and layout engineer at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River.

During World War II, he served in India with the Army Corps of Engineers from 1942 until 1946, when he was discharged with the rank of sergeant.

In 1946, he joined his father's firm, Jonathan E. Moxley & Son, Architects, as a partner. In 1960, he became owner and principal architect of the 25th Street firm, which specialized in designing commercial buildings.

He closed his firm in 1964 and joined the Baltimore architectural firm of J. Prentiss Browne & Associates as a project manager. In 1972, he became a staff architect for the state Department of General Services.

Significant projects during his career in private practice included the Normandy Shopping Center in Ellicott City, renovations for Haussner's, Peppermill, Sander's Corner, Burke's and Sweeney's restaurants.

He retired in 1984.

The longtime Towson resident was an avid golfer and a member of the Maryland Golf and Country Club. He was also a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Optimist Club of Maryland, and had served on the board of the Ridgely Condominium.

Mr. Moxley also volunteered at Greater Baltimore Medical Center and served on the board of the Augsburg Lutheran Home in Lochearn.

In addition to golf, his hobbies included deep-sea fishing and playing cards.

His wife of 63 years, the former Jean Marie Schwarzkopf, died in 2006.

Mr. Moxley was a longtime communicant and former member of the vestry at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Towson.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the chapel at Stella Maris Hospice, 2300 Delaney Valley Road.

Surviving are a son, Jonathan G. Moxley of Gainesville, Fla.; two daughters, Bonnie Moxley-Jaeger of Towson and Denise Moxley Scollan of Fallston; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

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