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George Calimer Jr. Industrial engineer


George David Calimer Jr., a plant engineer and antique car collector, died of a heart attack at his home in Overlea on Feb. 29. He was 65.

Born in Baltimore, he attended City College. At age 17, he joined the Navy, serving from 1943 to 1946 in Italy, France and the Pacific. He was a Fireman First Class on the troop transport General Mann when it picked up soldiers in Brazil after World War II.

He returned to Baltimore to work days and attend high school at night. He received training in refrigeration and heating, and as an electrician.

From 1951 to 1963 he was a machine repair foreman at the Middle River plant of what is now Martin Marietta Corp. From 1963 to 1973 he was superintendent of maintenance at the Schaefer Brewing Co. in Highlandtown. He was plant engineer at Franklin Square Hospital from 1973 to 1978 and at Provident Hospital from 1977 to 1978. He retired in 1989 as chief engineer of industrial cooking equipment in the Baltimore division of Vulcan-Hart Corp.

He began collecting antique cars in 1949 and over the years owned more than 60. His favorites were a 1936 500K Mercedes Benz and a 1935 MG. He was a member of the Greater Baltimore Antique Car Club and was its president in 1975.

Mr. Calimer was a member of the American Institute of Plant Engineers and was its president in 1978.

He married the former Edna Alice Burkhardt in 1949.

In addition to his wife, his survivors include four sons, David Calimer of Baltimore, Paul Calimer of Seattle, and Alexander Calimer and Jason Calimer, both of Fullerton; two daughters, Colleen Palmer of Bel Air and Cathy Calimer of Baltimore; a sister, Lottie Kleechenbocher of Baltimore, and two grandchildren.

Memorial services were held March 2 at the Ruck Funeral Home on Harford Road.

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