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Roland Talmadge Talton Jr., former owner of a Baltimore engineering firm, died Nov. 6 of cardiac and respiratory failure at Upper Chesapeake Bay Medical Center.

The longtime Bel Air resident was 89.

Born and raised in Pocomoke City, the son of a B&O; railroader and a homemaker, Mr. Talton was a 1937 graduate of Pocomoke High School.

During World War II, he joined the Army Air Forces and served as an instructor with the 88th Bomb Group.

Mr. Talton attended the University of Virginia and Georgetown University. During the 1950s and 1960s, he worked as a chemical engineer conducting research on rocket propellants at Atlantic Research Corp. in Alexandria, Va.

He later was manager of Fecor's Novatech Division in Baltimore before establishing his own engineering firm, Talco Engineering. He retired in 1982.

Mr. Talton enjoyed square dancing, vacationing at Ocean City and collecting coins. He also was an avid vegetable gardener and was known for his cucumbers, which he pickled and canned each year.

He also was active with veterans of the 88th Bomb Group and helped organize reunions, family members said.

His wife of 31 years, the former Hilda Leonard, died in 1979.

Mr. Talton was a member of Mays Chapel United Methodist Church in Timonium, where services were held Tuesday.

Surviving are a son, David Alan Talton of Wyncombe, Pa.; two daughters, Annette Talton Fisher of Reston, Va., and Jennifer Talton Rickey of Whiteford; three sisters, Bonne Lynne Duke of Clermont, Ga., Patricia Ruth Crim of Onancock, Va., and Winifred Roloson of Chicago; his companion, Dr. Beverly Stump of Bel Air; and eight grandchildren.


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