John Chapman Sr., 88

The Baltimore Sun

John Spence Hayes Chapman Sr., a retired civil engineer who had been a partner in a Baltimore engineering firm, died of cancer April 7 at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 88.

Mr. Chapman was born and raised in a rowhouse in the 2400 block of Maryland Ave. He was a 1937 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and earned his civil engineering degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1940.

He briefly worked at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River before enlisting in the Army during World War II. He was a battalion commander in the Army Corps of Engineers in the Pacific.

After the war, he returned to Baltimore and worked as an engineer for Croat, Snyder and Crandall before joining Beavin Co. on East 25th Street, where he was later made a partner. He retired in 1984.

Mr. Chapman had been an active member of the old Maryland Avenue Presbyterian Church and later held memberships at Faith Presbyterian Church, Towson Presbyterian Church and Maryland Presbyterian Church.

At his death, he was a member of Ashland Presbyterian Church.

The former Towson resident, who moved to Oak Crest Village in 2004, enjoyed vacationing at the beach and traveling.

His wife of 40 years, the former Noralee Butler, died in 1989.

Services were Saturday.

Surviving are a son, John S. Hayes Chapman Jr. of White Hall; a daughter, Leonore Chapman of Hunt Valley; and three grandchildren.

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