Richard L. Elliott Jr., shipyard manager, dies

Richard L. Elliott Jr., an electrical engineer who was manager of the engineering department at the old Maryland Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., died Jan. 22 at his Belvedere Square home from complications of an infection. He was 93.

The son of Richard Louis Elliott Sr., who owned a real estate and contracting company, and Mabel Moylan Elliott, an educator, Richard Louis Elliott Jr. was born in Washington and spent his early years in Forest Hills, a Washington suburb. He moved to Baltimore during the Depression.

A 1942 graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, he enlisted in the Army and served as an infantryman with the 375th Infantry Battalion, 90th Infantry Division, and fought at the Battle of the Bulge. He was discharged in 1946 and his decorations included the Purple Heart.

Mr. Elliott earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, and began working in 1951 at Maryland Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. on the Patapsco River across from Fort McHenry, where he rose to become manager of its engineering department.

After the yard closed in 1984, Mr. Elliott went to work at Bethlehem Steel Corp.’s Sparrows Point shipyard. He retired from there in 1987.

In retirement, he worked part-time as a marine consultant and held professional engineer certification for 54 years. He held a patent awarded in 1977 for a liquid rheostat system, family members said. Mr. Elliott was also a member of the American Society of Naval Engineers and the Maryland Marine Club.

“I worked for him in the engineering department at Maryland Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. in the 1970s,” Richard W. Warfield Jr., of Glen Burnie, wrote in an email. “He was a gentleman, a role model, and an engineer’s engineer.”

Mr. Elliott married Patricia Reisenweber in 1953, and for years the couple lived on Thornton Road in Riderwood. They had resided on Rosebank Avenue near Belvedere Square for the past 25 years. His wife died in 2017.

The couple had been active in the civil rights movement during the 1960s and 1970s, and they also volunteered with Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc.

Mr. Elliott also volunteered and was a member of the boards of Common Cause, Lutheran Social Services, Govans Ecumenical Development Corp. and Epiphany House.

He was a former communicant and volunteer of the Third English Lutheran Church. He later joined the Lutheran Church of the Holy Comforter in Govans.

A memorial service for Mr. Elliott was held Saturday at Episcopal Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter in Cedarcroft.

He is survived by his son, Richard L. Elliott III of Salt Lake City; daughters Diane M. Elliott of Riverdale, Karen S. Elliott of Hamilton and Susan E. Huerta of Clarksville; a brother, Charles M. Elliott of Clarksville; and five grandchildren.

--Frederick N. Rasmussen

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