Edward T. Kusterer, mechanical engineer, dies

He had worked at Hopkins Hospital and AAI Corp.

  • Edward Kusterer
Edward Kusterer
April 18, 2011|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Edward T. Kusterer, a retired mechanical engineer and World War II veteran, died April 4 of heart failure at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. He was 94.

Mr. Kusterer was born in Richmond, Va., and moved to the city's Pimlico neighborhood in 1918. He was a 1934 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School.

He was working as a bank teller at the old Maryland Trust Co. on Eutaw Street when he was drafted in 1941 into the Army Air Corps.

After being commissioned a second lieutenant, he joined the 99th Bomb Group, 346th Squadron in Oran, Algeria.

Mr. Kusterer, who was an administrator, later served with his unit in Tunis and then Foggia, Italy, where missions were flown to Austria, Germany and Romania.

He was discharged in 1945, and his decorations included the Bronze Star and Soldier's Medal.

In 1949, Mr. Kusterer earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University. He later returned to Homewood, where he earned a master's degree in mechanical engineering in 1954.

After graduating from Hopkins, he worked as a staff engineer at Johns Hopkins Hospital until 1952, when he joined AAI in Cockeysville.

He was manager of the mechanical engineering and research department when he left AAI in 1975.

He worked for the next decade at Aberdeen Proving Ground, where he was an expert on ground transportation issues. He retired in 1985.

The longtime Gardenville resident was an accomplished woodworker and especially liked building models of ships, including a highly detailed model of the Maryland skipjack Emma F. Todd, family members said.

His wife of 60 years, Anne Thelma Eckas, died in 2003.

Mr. Kusterer was a communicant of Annunciation Roman Catholic Church, McCormick and Chesaco avenues, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered April 8.

Mr. Kusterer is survived by four sons, Thomas Kusterer of Ellicott City, James Kusterer of Baltimore, John Kusterer of Kingsville and Paul Kusterer of Perry Hall; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Another son, Robert Kusterer, died in 2007.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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