Roland V. Danielson, naval architect

Roland V. "Danny" Danielson, a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. naval architect and avid outdoorsman, died Nov. 17 of renal failure at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. He was 92.

The son of Swedish and Danish immigrants, Roland Victor Danielson was born and raised in Cambridge, Mass.

After graduating from Cambridge public schools, Mr. Danielson was awarded a scholarship to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology, from which he earned his bachelor's degree in 1942 in marine engineering.

Mr. Danielson began his career at Bethlehem Steel's giant Fore River shipyard near Quincy, Mass. He eventually was promoted in 1961 to naval architect, and a year later, chief naval architect.

He was transferred to Baltimore in 1964, when much of the company's shipbuilding operations were relocated to Sparrows Point.

Mr. Danielson was promoted to chief of basic ship design in 1968, and three years later, was appointed to assistant manager, ship development and sales, and acted as liaison between the New York City sales office and the Sparrows Point yard.

He was a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, and had served on numerous committees of the American Bureau of Shipping. He also had been a member of the Coast Guard's Chemical Transportation Industry Advisory Committee.

He retired in 1981.

A longtime Timonium resident who had lived at Mercy Ridge retirement community since 2005, he enjoyed the outdoors.

He had hiked segments of the Appalachian Trail and the entire 184-mile length of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal from Georgetown to Cumberland, said a son, Alan Edwin Danielson of Cockeysville.

Mr. Danielson was a member of the Havenwood Presbyterian Church in Timonium.

Plans for services are incomplete.

In addition to his son, Mr. Danielson is survived by his wife of 67 years, the former Doris Lucie; another son, Robert James Danielson of Canaan, N.H.; a daughter, Janet Claire Danzingerof Plymouth, Mass.; eight grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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