Victor Beardsley Hertslet, construction company executive, dies

He was vice president of Arundel Co.

  • Victor Hertslet
Victor Hertslet
December 24, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | Baltimore Sun reporter

Victor Beardsley Hertslet, a retired Arundel Co. official and longtime Towson resident, died Dec. 14 in his sleep at his daughter's Potomac, Mont., home. He was 97.

Mr. Hertslet, the son of a British soldier who was killed at the Battle of the Somme during World War I and a housekeeper, was born in New York City and raised in Darien, Conn.

After graduating from Peekskill Military Academy in 1929, he earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1933 from Lehigh University.

During his college summers, he worked aboard a hydraulic dredge owned by P. Sanford Ross Co. in New Jersey, and remained with the company until 1936, when he joined Merritt-Chapman & Scott, the old marine salvage and underwater construction company.

He enlisted in the Army in 1944 and served with the Army Corps of Engineers in the Philippines and later in the occupation of Japan. He was discharged with the rank of lieutenant colonel at war's end.

He moved to Baltimore in 1946 when he joined the Arundel Co. as a construction engineer, eventually becoming vice president of construction for the company.

After retiring, he was appointed to the board of Riggs Distler & Co., where he was a director and engineer.

As an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association, Mr. Hertslet served as a member of its disputes review board for the Metro subway tunnel and substation at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

He was a member of the Engineering Society of Maryland, the Maryland chapter of the Mechanical Contractors Association, the Society of Military Engineers and the National Electrical Contractors Association.

The former Towson resident, who had lived in Montana for the past two years, had been a member of the Country Club of Maryland, where he enjoyed golfing.

He was also a communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer.

His wife of 68 years, the former Ruth Baur, died in 2008.

Plans for graveside services to be held next year were incomplete.

Surviving are two sons, Byron Hertslet of Ruxton and Barry Hertslet of Fernandina Beach, Fla.; a daughter, Vicky Sherman of Potomac, Mont.; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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