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Richard Reikenis, civil engineer

Richard Reikenis, a founding partner and senior vice president of Century Engineering Inc., died Tuesday of cancer at his home in Phoenix, Baltimore County. He was 92.

Richard Reikenis was born and raised in Alytus, Lithuania, where he graduated in 1941 from Kaunas IV Gymnasium.

He began studying civil engineering at Kaunas Vytautas University, and after the Soviet Union annexed Lithuania in 1944, he moved to Germany, where he completed his engineering education at the Munich Technical University in 1948.

He left his postgraduate studies in 1949 and moved to Allentown, Pa., under the Truman Displaced Persons Act. He then moved to Washington and settled in Baltimore in 1952.

In 1952, he joined Green Associates in Towson. Mr. Reikenis, who was vice president, and other executives purchased the company after its founder, Allen Green, admitted paying kickbacks to Vice President Spiro T. Agnew. They renamed the Hunt Valley company Century Engineering Inc.

During his career, he received many awards for his work, which took him to all five continents, family members said.

He won awards for his work on the Hart-Miller Island Dredged Material Disposal Site, the Gorman and Vollmerhausen bridges that span Interstate 95 and the Ridge Road arch over Interstate 70.

In 1984, he was elected the American Society of Civil Engineers' Engineer of the Year, and was a lifelong member of ASCE as well as the Christie Society.

Mr. Reikenis had served as chairman of EXCHANGE, an international software user organization, and later was a member of the board of Computers in Engineering, Planning and Architecture.

He had also been a member of Baltimore County's Water and Quality Advisory Board, and volunteered his time for many engineering projects, family members said.

After Century Engineering Inc. was sold in 1987, Mr. Reikenis remained an engineering consultant. Until three months ago, he was working as a consultant to Phoenix Engineering Inc. in Cockeysville.

From 1991 to 1998, he worked with the Free Lithuania Group, and for many years was a broadcaster for the Baltimore-Lithuanian-American Radio Hour.

Mr. Reikenis enjoyed skiing and playing tennis and Internet chess.

His wife of 57 years, the former Zivile Mykolaitis, died in 2005.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church, 114 W. Saratoga St.

Mr. Reikenis is survived by a son, Richard V. Reikenis of Tequesta, Fla.; two daughters, Gale Reikenis and M. Natalie Rivas, both of Phoenix, Baltimore County; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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