Thomas Yang, a retired civil engineer who designed heavily traveled Baltimore bridges, died of a stroke Sunday at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The Cockeysville resident was 79.
Born in Yangzhou, China, he was the son of Sher-Lan Yang, a school principal, and Mary Yang. As a child, he lived in a city occupied by the Japanese. After World War II, he and his parents moved to Taiwan, where he earned a bachelor's degree at National Taiwan University.
An older brother, Joseph Yang, was the first in the family to move to the U.S. and became a graduate student at the Johns Hopkins University.
“I encouraged him to come to the United States and he did,” said Joseph Yang,...