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John H. Tierney, engineer
John H. Tierney, engineer

John H. Tierney, former head of the Travelers Insurance Co.'s Baltimore engineering department and a World War II veteran, died Feb. 24 of complications from a stroke at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. He was 90. The son of Edward Tierney, a chauffeur, and Elizabeth Murphy Tierney, a homemaker, John Henry Tierney was born and raised in Fairfield, Conn., where he graduated in 1941 from Roger Ludlowe High School. He was a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y., and served in engine rooms aboard merchant marine vessels. He sailed in convoys delivering war materiel to the Soviet Arctic port of Murmansk. Mr. Tierney later joined the Navy and served in the...