Charles Edward “Ed” Walter, 87, passed away peacefully on September 14, 2019 at Encore at Turf Valley. He was born August 15, 1932 in Frederick, Maryland to William Raymond and Kathryn Measell Walter. He graduated from Frederick High School in 1950, and received a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from Cornell University in 1956. He attended MIT and received a M.S. in Civil Engineering in 1957.
A licensed professional engineer, he spent 11 years working for the Baltimore City Department of public works, including 6 years as Head of the Bureau of Engineering (1968-1973). He worked as a consulting engineer from 1973-1988
In 1978 he settled in Howard County. From 1988 - 1998 he was the Chief of the Traffic Engineering Division of the Department of Public Works for Howard County Maryland, where he was instrumental in introducing both traffic roundabouts and red-light cameras to the county. He was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and over the course of his career published 17 papers, and held patents in the US, Great Britain, Germany and Japan.
In 1956 Ed married Carol Barton Dickey, with whom he had two children. After Carol’s death in 1978, Ed married Mary Cate Jones in 1979, who predeceased him in March of 2019 after nearly 40 years of marriage. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law W. Barton and Lynn Walter; his daughter and son-in-law Kathryn Walter Ciambruschini and Patrick Ciambruschini; three granddaughters and numerous great-grandchildren.
Ed was an avid wine maker and became a wine judge with the American Wine Society. He enjoyed playing croquet with Mary Cate in the Howard County Croquet Club. He was active in the Howard County Historical Society, where he served as President from 1983-1985. He was also active in the Howard County Historic District Committee, and served as President of the Historic Waverly Committee for 5 years. He was a life-long member of St. John’s Episcopal Church.
A celebration of his life will be held at 11 AM on October 12, 2019 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ellicott City, MD.
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