Theodore A. Bork, architect

Theodore A. Bork, a retired architect who had worked for the Rouse Co. and later the U.S. State Department, died May 23 from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at his Columbia home. He was 83.

The son of a businessman and a homemaker, Theodore Alvin Bork was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y.

After graduating from Brooklyn Technical High School, he earned both bachelor's and master's degrees in 1950 in architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.

Mr. Bork served in the Army stateside during the Korean War, teaching mathematics to officers.

During the 1950s and 1960s, he worked for Wilton Becket, a New York architect, until he was hired by the Rouse Co. in 1969.

He left the Rouse Co. in 1974 and went to work as an architect for the old U.S. Information Agency, which later became part of the U.S. State Department.

"He headed the Department of Overseas Planning and Space Development," said a daughter, Carol Bork Viney of Westminster. "He was designing embassies and other spaces."

Mr. Bork retired in 1993.

The longtime Columbia resident enjoyed flower gardening, woodworking and travel.

He was a member of Bishop Cummins Reformed Episcopal Church, 2001 Frederick Road, Catonsville, where a memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday.

Also surviving is his wife of 54 years, the former Wilma Dedicoat; three sons, David Bork of Columbia, Jon Bork of Windsor, Colo., and Paul Bork of Gardener, N.C.; another daughter, Linda Bork of Boston; and 11 grandchildren. Another daughter, Mary Christine Karcha, died in 2006.

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