Hamilton G. Walker Jr., a retired chemical engineer who later established a custom furniture making business, died Friday of cancer at his Stevensville home. He was 72.

The son of Hamilton G. Walker Sr., a civil engineer, and Mary Mount Walker, a homemaker, Hamilton Gordon Walker Jr. was born in Baltimore and raised in Mount Washington.

After graduating from Polytechnic Institute in 1959, he earned a bachelor's degree in 1964 in chemical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. In 1973, he earned a master's degree in business from what is now Loyola University Maryland.

Mr. Walker worked as a chemical engineer for Koppers Co., which later became Environmental Elements Inc., for 32 years, before retiring in 2002.

He then established Fox Lane Cabinetmakers, where in addition to furniture and reproductions, he built custom cabinets and wet bars, said his wife of 50 years, the former JoAnn Elwood.

He closed the business in 2010 when he became a consultant for Andritz Environmental Solutions Inc. in Columbia.

The former Baldwin resident, who had lived in Stevensville for 15 years, was an active member of Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church, where he sang with the church choir.

Mr. Walker enjoyed sailing and gardening.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at his church, 931 Love Point Road.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Walker is survived by two sons, James Walker of Chestertown and Michael Walker of Grasonville; a daughter, Jennifer Gracey of Lovettsville, Va.; his mother, Mary Mount Walker of Catonsville; a brother, Stephen Walker of Monkton; a sister, Priscilla Huffman of Timonium; and four grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com