Walter L. RiedelChemical engineerWalter L. Riedel, who...


Walter L. Riedel

Chemical engineer

Walter L. Riedel, who spent most of his 42-year career as a chemical engineer with Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., died of non-Hodgkins lymphoma on Friday at his Catonsville home. He was 80.

Mr. Riedel joined BGE in 1941. He specialized in the purification of water used in boilers and other equipment.

After his retirement in 1980, he became a quality-assurance consultant with EPICOR, a New Jersey company that supplied water treatment expertise to electric companies. He resigned from his consulting job the week before he died.

Mr. Riedel was born in Dunmore, Pa., and graduated from Dunmore High School in 1933. He earned a degree in chemical engineering at Pennsylvania State University in 1937 and started his career with Scranton Electric Co.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Mark Roman Catholic Church in Catonsville.

Mr. Riedel is survived by his wife, Marion Cawley Riedel; a son, Dr. C. William Riedel of Allentown, Pa.; five daughters, Barbara Gailunas, Ann Tanner and Gail Jole, all of Catonsville, Kathryn Prendergast of Severna Park and Lynn Puccinelli of Cupertino, Calif.; 20 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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