Merle Cable, highway civil engineer, dies

Early in his career, Mr. Cable worked with a contractor building approaches to the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel.

Merle Cable, a retired civil engineer who worked on road projects in Maryland, New Jersey and Illinois, died of heart failure Thursday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He was 92.

The son of Smollie and Belle Cable, Merle Cable was born in Campton, Ky., and was raised in Wolfe County, Ky., where he graduated from public schools.

During World War II, he enlisted in the Navy and served as a torpedoman in the Pacific aboard the USS Permit and the USS Finback.

After being discharged at war's end, he enrolled at the University of Kentucky, where he studied civil engineering on the GI Bill. He graduated in 1949.

One of Mr. Cable's early engineering jobs was working from 1954 to 1957 with a contractor building the approaches to the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel.

During his more than four-decade career, he worked with several engineering firms — including Rummel Klepper & Kahn and Knoerle Bender Stone & Associates.

Mr. Cable worked on the building of Interstate 83 into Baltimore, as well as interstate highway projects in New Jersey and Chicago.

He also worked on the Maryland Transit Administration's compressed natural gas facility for buses at Northwest Plaza.

He retired in 1995.

The longtime Northwood resident enjoyed hunting squirrels and fishing on the Chesapeake Bay. He also enjoyed instructing children in the art of fishing.

His girlfriend of many years, Doris McPherson, a registered nurse, died in 1993.

A viewing will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 18 at Kaczorowski Funeral Home, 1201 Dundalk Ave.

He is survived by a son, David Cable of Baltimore; and a brother, Rex Cable of Fort Myers, Fla. His marriage to the former Eleanora Thrappas ended in divorce.

—Frederick N. Rasmussen

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