Marlin Gorman

Marlin Gorman ( )

Marlin W. Gorman, a retired maintenance supervisor who was an ardent railroad fan, died Aug. 19 of heart failure at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. He was 84.

The son of an electrician and a homemaker, Marlin Walker Gorman was born in Wilkensburg, Pa., and moved with his family to Baltimore during World War II.

After graduating in 1948 from Polytechnic Institute, he attended the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied electrical engineering. From 1950 to 1952, he served with the 2nd Armored Division in Korea.

When he left the Army, he worked as an electrician before going to work in 1968 as a maintenance supervisor at General Motors Corp.'s Broening Highway plant. He retired in 1993.

In 1953, Mr. Gorman married the former Dorothy Kammer, and for years the couple lived on Old Carriage Road in Glen Arm, where they raised their two children.

From 1993 to 2008, the couple lived in Williamsburg, Va., where Mr. Gorman, who was a lifelong railroad fan, worked as one of the locomotive engineers at Busch Gardens.

"He enjoyed building HO-gauge gardens, which were highly detailed," said his daughter, Bonnie Gorman of White Hall.

The couple moved in 2008 to the Avondale retirement community in Bel Air, where they lived until moving in 2011 to the Glen Meadows retirement community in Glen Arm.

Mr. Gorman was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Sweet Air.

A memorial gathering will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 25 at Glen Meadows, 11630 Glen Arm Road, Glen Arm.

In addition to his wife and daughter, Mr. Gorman is survived by his son, Norris Gorman of Perry Hall: a brother, Edward Gorman of Scottsdale, Ariz.; four grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com