William Palmer Kees, 74, engineer, designer of...


William Palmer Kees, 74, engineer, designer of roads

William Palmer Kees, a civil engineer who helped design roads in Maryland, Africa and Thailand, died Friday of complications of diabetes at home in Hagerstown. He was 74.

The Baltimore native graduated from Polytechnic Institute and the Johns Hopkins University's McCoy College with a degree in civil engineering. He served in the Army Air Corps in Guam during World War II.

Working as a surveyor for the Baltimore engineering firm of Kooken & Co., Mr. Kees helped to redesign the seating area at Memorial Stadium during the 1950s.

He later became executive vice president at Baker and Wibberly Associates, an engineering firm in Baltimore and Hagerstown, selling road design projects to Kenya and Thailand. He also worked on repairs to the Washington Beltway. He retired in 1985.

Services will be held at 5 p.m. tomorrow at the Minnich Funeral Home, 305 N. Potomac St. in Hagerstown.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Margaret Ridgely Kees of Hagerstown; two daughters, Terre Patrick and Sally Chapman, both of Baltimore; a sister, Frances Kees Hardesty of Montana; and two grandchildren.

Gardner W. Rudolf, 81, chemical engineer

Gardner W. Rudolf, a retired chemical engineer, died Wednesday of emphysema at Howard County General Hospital. He was 81.

Mr. Rudolf, a resident of Ellicott City who formerly lived in Columbia, was owner and president of Parr Engineering in Silver Spring from the late 1930s until 1965. That year, he established Tredech, a chemical engineering firm, also in Silver Spring. He retired in 1997.

The native of West Chester, Pa., earned a bachelor's degree from Drexel Institute in Philadelphia in 1933 and joined Parr Engineering.

The World War II Army officer was a golfer and bridge player.

His first wife, the former Gladys Hartman, died in 1990.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church, 6410 Amherst Ave. in Columbia.

He is survived by his wife of eight years, the former Charlene Popham; a son, Warren P. Rudolf of Crownsville; a daughter, Kathryn R. Chadwick of Columbia; a sister, Helen Teal of Dunedin, Fla.; six grandchildren; and a stepson, William Popham of Texas.

Pub Date: 5/11/98

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