Henry H. 'Hoots' Myers, civil engineer

Henry H. "Hoots" Myers Jr., a retired civil engineer who was an avid gardener, died May 3 of congestive heart failure at his Timonium home. He was 91.

The son of Henry H. Myers Sr., a machinist who also delivered ice, and Viola Myers, a homemaker, Henry Hudson Myers Jr. was born in Baltimore and raised near Patterson Park.

He was a 1943 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and studied engineering for two years at the Johns Hopkins University before being drafted into the Army in 1945, serving with occupation forces in Japan.

After being discharged from the service, he returned to Hopkins, where he received a bachelor's degree in 1948 in civil engineering.

Mr. Hudson went to work for Whitman, Requardt & Associates in 1951 and in 1964 was the youngest engineer to be made partner in the firm, which was founded in 1915.

During his 34-year career, some of the projects he worked on included Interstate 64 through Norfolk, Va., the Route 404 bridge at Denton, and major expansions at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland and McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey.

Other highway projects included sections of I-83, I-70, I-695, and routes 50 and 301, and the Bay Bridge. He also worked on stations that were constructed for the Washington Metro.

He retired in 1985.

An avid gardener, Mr. Myers enjoyed planting pansies and tomatoes. He was a season ticket holder to the Ravens, Orioles and the old Baltimore Colts.

He also enjoyed taking his family on cross-country road trips. Later in life he and his wife, the former Roberta Walker whom he married in 1949, took cruises and traveled around the world.

Mr. Myers was also a devotee of the arts and was a season ticket holder to the old Morris Mechanic Theatre, and later the Hippodrome Theatre, Center Stage and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Some of Mr. Myers' philanthropic interests included Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Gilchrist Hospice Care, United Way and American Indian Relief.

He was a member of the Towson Rotary Club, the Hopkins Club and Valley Country Club.

Mr. Myers was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

At his request, no funeral services will be held.

In addition to his wife of 67 years, he is survived by three sons, Henry H. Myers III and Richard Myers, both of Lutherville, and Douglas Myers of Timonium; and seven grandchildren.

—Frederick N. Rasmussen

Copyright © 2019, The Baltimore Sun, a Baltimore Sun Media Group publication | Place an Ad