Samuel A. Rittenhouse, BGE electrical engineer, dies

He had been general manager of engineering

  • Samuel A. Rittenhouse
Samuel A. Rittenhouse
August 17, 2011|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Samuel A. Rittenhouse, an electrical engineer who had been general manager of engineering for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., died Aug. 8 of renal failure at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson.

The longtime Blakehurst retirement community resident was 93.

Mr. Rittenhouse was born in Baltimore and raised on Calvert Street. After graduating from Polytechnic Institute in 1934, he earned an electrical engineering degree in 1937 from the Johns Hopkins University.

During World War II, he served with the Army in the Pacific. He remained an active reservist, attaining the rank of colonel in the Army Corps of Engineers.

After the war, he began his long career with BGE and by 1971 was chief electrical engineer. At the time of his retirement in 1983, he was general manager of engineering for the utility.

In his retirement, Mr. Rittenhouse was an active consulting engineer, primarily in association with Forensic Technologies International and Trident Engineering Associates, both of Annapolis, conducting engineering investigations.

Mr. Rittenhouse was a longtime member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Engineering Society of Baltimore, and the American National Standards Institute.

He lived in Severna Park for years before moving to Fireside Circle in North Baltimore. Since 1997, he had been a Blakehurst resident.

He had been married for years to the former Margaret Elise Wright, who died in 1970. His wife of 36 years, the former Radelle Fanseen, died in 2006.

He had been a member, trustee and usher at Second Presbyterian Church, where services were held Aug. 11.

Surviving are a son, David R. Rittenhouse of Deerfield Beach, Fla.; a daughter, Linda Rittenhouse of Salt Lake City, Utah; a stepdaughter, Mary Dell Harlan of North Homeland; three grandsons; a step-granddaughter; a step-grandson; and four step-great-grandsons.

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