BALTIMORE — Edward E. Rothe, a retired Operating Engineer of the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company died June 8, 2021 at his Dundalk residence. He was 99.
Always extremely active in the Dundalk community, Ed’s involvement began in early 1950’s as a member of the Dundalk Lions Club later serving as the club’s secretary.
In 1961 he was President of the Dundalk Recreation Council having been a member for several years.
As President of the Dundalk Rotary Club in 1974, one of his projects was to give Dundalk something to directly benefit it citizens. Ed commissioned students at Southeast Vocational Technical High School to build park benches which the members of Rotary installed at local bus stops.
In 1982 Ed was elected President of the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce which under his leadership completed a report on the economic conditions of “Old Dundalk”, the first effort by the community to begin revitalization. Boosted by a 30 percent increase in membership during his administration, the Chamber was designated a Small Business Resource Center. With the study of Old Dundalk Shopping Center, a favorable impression was made on the Baltimore County Administration and revitalization was initiated with the help of then County Councilman John O’Rourke.
Ed also gave his time to the Baltimore County Board of Education Vice Chairperson of the Southeast Advisory Council while acting on committees for the Gifted and Talented and serving on the Values and Ethical Behavior task force.
It was his work with the company’s Government Affairs Program and the Legislative Response Committee that earned him the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company’s award as the Volunteer of the Year in 1983.
Ed was a charter member of the Board of Directors of the Alliance Incorporated, an agency located in the North Point Government Center, dedicated to promoting economic and social independence to persons with disabilities. He worked as Director of the Factory Division of that agency for five years after his retirement from the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company.
A member of Saint Rita’s Church, the Greater Dundalk Commission for Community Excellence, the Dundalk Chapter of AARP and the Sparrows Point Country Club, he also subscribed to the Dundalk Concert Association and the Dundalk Community Theater.
Ed was very proud of Dundalk, so he naturally wanted to be involved. He felt that there was a closeness with people there, that wasn’t always apparent in other communities.
Born in Canton, Ed attended public schools and worked for Glenn L. Martin before continuing his education at Iowa State and Chadron College in Nebraska and becoming a Naval Air Cadet. When World War II began , he served in the regular Navy in the Pacific Theater. Upon his discharge from the Navy, Ed worked at the Esso Oil Refinery in Canton as Chief Operator of the Catalytic Cracking Unit. When Esso curtailed it operation in Baltimore, Ed obtained a position with the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company retiring as an Operating Engineer in 1986.
In 1947 he married the former Ethel Griffith of Belclare Road. They settled in Dundalk where they planned and built their home on Dunglow Road in 1955.
Both were devoted to the arts being life-long subscribers to the BSO, the opera and the theater both professional and non -professional.
Mr. Rothe and his wife traveled extensively, exploring every continent of the world except Antarctica. Realizing the educational value in world travel, they took their grown children and their spouses on trips to Europe, Africa, India, the Middle East and on cruises to the Caribbean, the Aegean, the Mediterranean Seas, Scandinavia, Russia and Iceland.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Rothe is survived by this daughter, Janet Rothe Tjarks and four grandchildren. He is predeceased by his two sons Edward William and Robert Ernest and one grandchild.
A Funeral Service will be held at the family owned Duda-Ruck Funeral Home of Dundalk, Inc. 7922 Wise Avenue on Wednesday June 16, 2021 at 11 AM. Friends may visit on Wednesday 10-11 AM. Interment Oak Lawn Cemetery.