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Thomas K. Galvin Jr., 75, dredging firm executive


Thomas Keough Galvin Jr., a retired executive for Ellicott Machine Corp., died Friday of cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 75 and had lived in Baltimore for 50 years.

Mr. Galvin received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1952.

That year, he joined Ellicott Machine Corp., a Baltimore company whose ships had dredged the Panama Canal and was one of the world's largest producers of dredging equipment. Mr. Galvin established and managed the company's Paris office in the early 1960s. He was credited with the sale of many large dredges internationally, including two of the largest ever built, that were sold to Korea. He later was named president of Ellicott Engineering.

After he retired in 1997, he volunteered for Meals on Wheels. He also enjoyed hunting waterfowl on the Eastern Shore.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Shrine of the Sacred Heart, 1701 Regent Road, Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Ethel Allen Wagandt; a daughter, Ethel Dickey Galvin of Winthrop, Wash.; a son, Thomas K. Galvin III of Keymar; a sister, Mary Leland Galvin Cotter of Fairfield, Conn.; a brother, William S. Galvin of Hampton; and three grandsons.

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