Guy Chisolm Jr., 76, planned and designed college buildings


Guy M. Chisolm Jr., who oversaw construction of the campus of the University of Maryland Baltimore County and retired in 1982 as its director of physical plant, died of cancer Monday at his home in Catonsville. He was 76.

He came to UMBC in 1965 to supervise the construction of the new college on 432 acres in Catonsville.

He also designed dormitories for the school, which enrolled its first students in 1966. He received a citation from Gov. Marvin Mandel for pioneering the use of rails, ramps and other tools to make the school accessible to handicapped students. He also received a commendation for his work from Gov. Harry Hughes in 1982.

In 1979, he was asked by Albin O. Kuhn, executive vice president of the University of Maryland, to divide his time between UMBC and the College Park campus to assist with planning and design there.

Said Dr. Kuhn, "Guy was an extremely valuable man and a very dedicated individual who had a great deal of ability. During his time at UMBC, he managed to accomplish a great deal."

Before moving to Baltimore, Mr. Chisolm was a partner in a Texas construction company that built residential housing.

After retiring from UMBC, he made a name as a painter in watercolors. He had several one-man shows in the area. Many of his works are in restaurants in Ellicott City and Federal Hill.

He was a flower gardener and also arranged them, giving them away to friends, strangers and those who were sick. As a volunteer with the Baltimore County Department of Education, he tutored illiterate adults.

He was born in Beaumont, Texas, and grew up in Dallas and Amarillo, Texas. He was a graduate of Texas A&M; University, earning a degree in landscape architecture.

During World War II, he was a Navy officer in both the Atlantic and Pacific and participated in the invasions of Lingayen Gulph, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

He was a member of the American Institute of Landscape Architects.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 4711 Edmondson Ave., where he was a longtime communicant.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Elise Townsend, a retired Evening Sun columnist; two sons, Richard T. Chisolm of Roland Park and Dr. Guy M. Chisolm III of Cleveland; two daughters, Susie Chisolm Struever of Federal Hill and Sally Chisolm Buck of Richmond, Va.; a sister, Harriet Brown of Amarillo; and five grandchildren.

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