Julian Murray Spencer Sr., a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. executive, died of cancer on Monday at his Lutherville home. He was 87.
He spent his entire working life -- 39 years -- at the Sparrows Point plant, where he headed a construction team for its Pennwood power station in 1947. He retired in 1978 as Sparrows Point's chief engineer.
Born in Chicago, Mr. Spencer was raised in Baltimore's Govans section and graduated in 1930 from Polytechnic Institute. He studied at the Naval Academy for two years, but could not pass an eye test. He then earned a degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Later in his life, he studied computers and became a self-taught investor.
His wife of more than 50 years, the former Christine Maxwell, died in 1999.
Services were held yesterday.
Mr. Spencer is survived by his three daughters, Barbara Spencer Tyler of McLean, Va., Elizabeth Spencer Evans of Rodgers Forge and Kate Spencer Morrill of Lutherville, and five grandchildren. Two sons preceded him in death, Richard Bennett Spencer in 1989 and Julian Murray Spencer Jr. in 1991.