Edward McDonough

Edward Andrew McDonough, a retired Baltimore County Public Works Department engineer, died of stroke complications Wednesday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Towson resident was 85.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Highlandtown on Bouldin Street, he was a 1939 Polytechnic Institute graduate and worked as a land surveyor and at the Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River.


In the early part of World War II, Mr. McDonough went to a Navy recruiting station and applied for officer's candidate school to get training as an engineer, family members said. He passed a written test, and was assigned to the Sampson U.S. Naval Training Station in upstate New York and sent to classes at Cornell University.

Mr. McDonough, who had run track and cross county at Polytechnic, was tapped by a Cornell soccer coach to play and went on to be named first-team All-American in his senior year. A Cornell lacrosse coach also recruited him to play defense in a sport he knew very little about.


When he graduated in 1945, World War II was ending, and Mr. McDonough received an honorable discharge in early 1946 without seeing military action, his family said.

He returned to Maryland and worked for the old State Highway Commission and oversaw road construction in Frederick and Montgomery counties.

He later worked for Baltimore County as an engineer with the New Development Design Review Group. He retired in 1987.

A sports fan, Mr. McDonough had season tickets to Colts games and also followed the Orioles.

Active in Roman Catholic organizations, he was a former member of the Knights of Columbus and the Order of the Alhambra. He also belonged to the Third Order Secular of Saint Francis. He distributed Communion daily to patients at St. Joseph Medical Center and several nursing homes in the Towson area. He also led a monthly religious service at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Ware Avenue in Towson, where he was a lector and Eucharistic minister.

Survivors include his son, Edward J. McDonough of Taneytown; a brother, John McDonough of Sanford, Fla.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. His wife of 29 years, the former Rose Anne Corrigan, died in 1979.