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Lawrence E. Jones, 65, founder of engineering firm


Lawrence E. Jones, a civil engineer and founder of a Towson engineering firm, died of pulmonary hypertension Friday at Great Baltimore Medical Center. He was 65.

Mr. Jones was born in Hornell, N.Y., and moved with his family to the Baltimore area, where he was raised in Aero Acres in Middle River and later in the city's Northwood neighborhood. He was a 1956 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from the University of Maryland.

He began his career in 1960 as a space installations engineer at Goddard Space Flight Center. He later joined Beavin Co. and Rummel, Klepper & Kahl, two Baltimore engineering firms, before establishing Jones Associates, Consulting Engineers in 1971.

Mr. Jones served as president of the Maryland Society of Professional Engineers in 1974. He was later honored as Engineer of the Year by the National Society of Professional Engineers for his work in establishing and implementing a code of ethics for engineers.

He enjoyed photography and square dancing.

Mr. Jones was a communicant, Eucharistic minister and usher at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, 8501 Loch Raven Blvd., where a Mass of Christian burial is to be offered at 9 a.m. today.

Mr. Jones is survived by his wife of 41 years, the former Jean Abbey; his father and stepmother, Paul J. and Nell O. Jones of Roland Park; two brothers, Robert Jones of Lutherville and Michael Jones of Springfield, Va.; three stepbrothers, John Stoll of Baltimore, Joseph Stoll of San Diego and George Stoll of Los Angeles; and six stepsisters, Jane Stone of Baltimore, Ellen Walsh of Fairpoint, N.Y., Leila Jenkins of Chesapeake, Va., Mary Stence of New York City, and Betsy Phillips and Nancy Stoll, both of Los Angeles.

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