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Robert Lawrence Toal Sr., 82, mechanical engineer


Robert Lawrence Toal Sr., a retired mechanical engineer and avid sports fan, died of pneumonia Wednesday at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air. The Kingsville resident was 82.

Mr. Toal was born and raised in St. Louis. He interrupted his college studies at the University of Missouri to enlist in the Army during World War II.

Attaining the rank of technical sergeant, Mr. Toal was assigned to a Manhattan Project engineering unit stationed at the gaseous diffusion plant in Oak Ridge, Tenn., which isolated the uranium isotopes used in the production of the atomic bomb.

After the war, Mr. Toal returned to the University of Missouri and earned his engineering degree in 1947.

He began his career with Westinghouse Electric Corp. in 1947, and worked on various projects, including development of the Mark 80 torpedo for the Navy. He retired in 1986.

The former Hamilton resident had been a Little League and Pony League baseball coach many years ago.

"He was a positive role model for many young boys in this endeavor," said a son, Thaddeus N. Toal of Severna Park.

Mr. Toal was also a Civil War buff and enjoyed reading about Baltimore sports teams.

He was a volunteer and communicant at St. Mark Roman Catholic Church in Fallston, where he worked with the elderly. A funeral Mass was offered there Friday.

Mr. Toal died on the 60th anniversary of his marriage to the former Jimmie Sue Spencer.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by another son, Robert L. Toal Jr. of Cockeysville; a daughter, Regina Marie Toal of Kingsville; two sisters, Roberta Cassmeyer and Florence Preismeyer, both of St. Louis; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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