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Douglas B. McCoach Jr., 70

The Baltimore Sun

Douglas B. McCoach Jr., a former Dundalk resident and retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. executive whose career spanned more than four decades, died of cancer Friday at a hospice in Bethlehem, Pa. He was 70.

Mr. McCoach was born in Middletown, N.Y., the son of a Bethlehem steelworker, and later moved with his family to Dundalk. He was a 1954 graduate of Dundalk High School and served in the Maryland Air National Guard.

He began his career as a draftsman at Bethlehem Steel in 1956 and studied at night at the Johns Hopkins University's old evening school, McCoy College, where he earned his bachelor's degree in engineering in 1966.

Mr. McCoach's professional accomplishments included project management for construction of BOF furnaces, the continuous caster at Sparrows Point and the consolidation of Lackawanna Steel Co. into Bethlehem.

At his 2000 retirement, Mr. McCoach was manager of facility development and capital appropriations at the company's headquarters in Bethlehem, Pa., where he had lived since 1966.

A wine enthusiast, Mr. McCoach was a member of the Bethlehem Wine Group. He was a member for many years of the Lehigh Valley Arts Council and, after retiring, volunteered at the National Canal Museum in Easton, Pa.

Mr. McCoach enjoyed spending summers at his condominium at Sea Colony in Bethany Beach, Del.

He was a communicant of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church in Allentown, Pa., where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Surviving are his wife of 48 years, the former Dorothy Dammann; a son, Douglas B. McCoach III of Baltimore, director of the city's Department of Planning; a daughter, Dr. Betsy McCoach of Mansfield, Conn.; and two granddaughters.

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