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Robert M. Coulbourn III, industrial designer

Robert M. Coulbourn III, a retired industrial designer who had been active in the affairs of several Baltimore-area Episcopal churches, died May 23 of pneumonia at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson. He was 87.

The son of a salesman and a homemaker, Robert Matthias Coulbourn III was born in Baltimore and raised in Bolton Hill and Roland Park.

After graduating from Polytechnic Institute in 1942, he began engineering studies at the Johns Hopkins University, and a year later, entered the Army.

From 1943 to 1946, he served as a mortar man with the 86th Blackhawk Division in Germany and Austria, and then was sent to the Pacific Theater as a member of the Philippines occupying force from 1945 to 1946, when he was discharged with the rank of sergeant.

Mr. Coulbourn remained in the Army Reserves from 1946 to 1966. He then become a Reservist with the Army Corps of Engineers and retired with the rank of major in 1985.

After World War II, he returned to Hopkins, where he earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering.

From 1949 to 1952, Mr. Coulbourn worked for the old Baltimore Transit Co., and later worked in sales and design from 1952 to 1961 for Hedwin Corp.

In 1961, he went to work for the old Worcester Wire Co., now Fellowes Manufacturing Co., designing wire products. He retired in 1990.

Mr. Coulbourn had been a former communicant of Memorial Episcopal Church on Bolton Hill and later the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation, where he had been a member of the vestry, Eucharistic lay visitor and usher.

In recent years, he had been a member of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, where he had also been a member of its vestry.

He had been a member and served for 30 years as treasurer of the Churchman's Club.

"He was a true individual and straight as an arrow. He didn't drink or smoke and was liked by everyone," said Norville Miller, a boyhood friend who lives in Roland Park.

The former Longwood Road resident, who had moved to Chestnut Avenue in Towson in 1990, had been a resident of Blakehurst since 2005.

Mr. Coulbourn, who was an active member of the Society of Colonial Wars, enjoyed attending concerts of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St.

Surviving are his wife of 42 years, the former Anne Adams Wethered; a daughter, Margaret Waters Coulbourn Coscia of Greensboro, N.C.; two stepsons, Lewin Marbury Wethered of Greenbelt and Bennett Blackford Wethered of Bristow, Va.; a stepdaughter, Valerie von Dorsner Wethered of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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