Earl W. Bohlman, railroad worker

Earl W. Bohlman, a retired Baltimore & Ohio Railroad superintendent who later founded an electrical contracting firm, died of multiple organ failure Jan. 13 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Severna Park resident was 88.

Born in Baltimore, he was the son of John Bohlman, also a B&O railroad worker, and Marie Luipaeter, a homemaker. He grew up in West Baltimore and attended Gwynns Falls Junior High School and was a 1944 graduate of Polytechnic Institute. He enlisted in the Navy and was an electrician's mate aboard a submarine repair ship, the USS Sperry, in the South Pacific during World War II.


After the war ended, he graduated from the Bliss Electrical Engineering School in Takoma Park. Mr. Bohlman joined the railroad and was assigned to its special electrical apprentice program. He rose through the ranks and became a materials inspector in the B&O's research department. He retired after 40 years as superintendent of electrical construction and maintenance.

In 1972, he also founded the Earl W. Bohlman & Sons electrical contracting company in Severna Park. The business remains in family hands.


He was a member of Corinthian Masonic Lodge No. 93, the Scottish Rite and the Boumi Temple. He also belonged to the American Legion, the Fleet Reserve Club of Annapolis, the Severna Park Elks Club and the Forked Creek Yacht Club. He was also a member of the Retired Administrators of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.

Mr. Bohlman enjoyed boating, fishing and gardening. He followed the Orioles and Ravens.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 400 Benfield Road, Severna Park, where he was a member of the Wednesday morning work crew.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, the former Mary "Mazie" McCoy; three sons, Gary Bohlman of Pasadena, Randall Bohlman of Annapolis and Craig Bohlman of Arnold; nine grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A son, Dr. Mark Bohlman, died last year.