John Joseph McCorkle, 80, Amtrak conductorJohn Joseph...


John Joseph McCorkle, 80, Amtrak conductor

John Joseph McCorkle, a retired Amtrak conductor and World War II veteran, died of cancer Thursday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. He was 80.

A Tennessee native, Mr. McCorkle began his railroading career with the old Pennsylvania Railroad in 1945 after serving with the Navy in the Pacific during World War II.

After working as a trainmaster in the Pennsy's East Baltimore Bayview Yards, he was promoted to passenger conductor. He (( was assigned to the Pennsy's and later the Penn-Central's Washington-New York passenger trains before retiring from Amtrak in 1979.

"He was always taking care of a lot of celebrities," said his wife of 60 years, the former Virginia Upchurch. "But he really loved children, and when they were aboard the Metroliner, he'd take them up to meet the engineer, who let them blow the whistle."

Mr. McCorkle also had been local chairman of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainman, now part of the United Transportation Union.

A longtime Timonium resident, he moved to Oak Crest Village in Parkville two years ago. He enjoyed woodworking and quilting, and his quilts won blue ribbons at the state fair. He was a member of Bethesda United Methodist Church in Baltimore.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. tomorrow in the chapel at Oak Crest Village, 8820 Walther Blvd.

Besides his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Dr. Ruth McCorkle of New Town, Conn., and Marie Mullaney of Cockeysville; and eight grandchildren.

Robert H. Tegtmeier, 58, engineer for AAI Corp.

Robert H. Tegtmeier, a mechanical engineer and marathoner, died Oct. 17 of lymphoma at a hospital in Houston. He was 58 and lived in Phoenix, Baltimore County.

At his death, Mr. Tegtmeier was an engineer at AAI Corp. in Cockeysville. Before that, he worked for Amtote, starting in 1956 while he was in high school and later joining the company full time until 1990.

Born in Chicago and raised in Towson, Mr. Tegtmeier was a Towson High School graduate and earned his engineering degree from the Johns Hopkins University.

He enjoyed playing golf and tennis, and participated in the Boston and Maryland marathons.

His marriage to the former Nancy Leese ended in divorce.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Nov. 7 at Calvary Baptist Church, 120 W. Pennsylvania Ave. in Towson.

BTC He is survived by his son, Robert S. Tegtmeier of Phoenix; a daughter, Patricia Tegtmeier of Phoenix; his mother, Dessie Tegtmeier of Towson; a brother, W. Paul Tegtmeier of Parkton; and two sisters, Merle Bottge of Eugene, Ore., and Kathryn Tegtmeier of San Jose, Calif.

George E. Vanden Brink, 94, artist, ex-Towson resident

George E. Vanden Brink, a free-lance artist who developed sales and promotional materials for several Baltimore printing companies, died of cancer Oct. 17 at Carroll Lutheran Village in ++ Westminster. The former Towson resident was 94.

Mr. Vanden Brink was born and raised in Iowa and attended Morningside College before working as a commercial artist for several years. He was a staff artist at the Sioux City Journal from 1926 to 1951.

After moving to Towson in 1953, he created materials for several printing companies, including the Arthur Thompson Co. He retired in the 1970s.

As a free-lance artist in retirement, he created posters and promotional programs of historical landmarks for several Maryland communities during the nation's 1976 bicentennial celebration.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 14 at Carroll Lutheran Village, 200 St. Luke Circle in Westminster.

Surviving are his wife of 67 years, the former Lucile Nickle; a son, John Vanden Brink of Park Ridge, Ill.; a daughter, Sue Loweree of Easton; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Pub Date: 10/24/98

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