Alvin R. Schwab, engineer, dies at 95
Published: October 5 The Washington Post
Alvin R. Schwab, 95, an engineer who owned and operated a consulting business
for much of his career, died Sept. 30 at Brooke Grove nursing home in Sandy
He died of congestive heart failure, said his daughter Barbara Schwab.
Mr. Schwab, a Silver Spring resident who retired about 10 years ago, focused
professionally on structural engineering, site planning and highway design. He did
technical writing and served as a consultant for welded wire fabric manufacturers
and other segments of the steel industry.
He was a civilian engineer and naval architect during World War II and later
worked for the Southern Railway. He taught classes decades ago at George
Washington University’s engineering school. He was honored by the Maryland
Board for Professional Engineers’s Christie Society.
Alvin Raymond Schwab Jr. was a native Washingtonian and 1934 graduate of
what is now McKinley Technology High School. He was a 1936 graduate of
Virginia Tech and received a master’s degree in engineering from Harvard
University in 1939.
Mr. Schwab enjoyed big-band and classical music and once hosted a show on
WGTS-FM in Takoma Park featuring military band music.
He did volunteer work at the National Capital Trolley Museum in Colesville. He
wrote extensively on covered bridges for the National Society for the Preservation
of Covered Bridges. His memberships included the Knights of Columbus.
His wife of 62 years, Helena Murray Schwab, died in 2002.
Survivors include five children, Anne Schwab of Washington, Barbara Schwab
Conner of Glenwood, Md., Carol Schwab of Columbia, Donna Schwab Green of
County Durham, England, and Jack Schwab of McLean; four grandchildren; and
— Adam Bernstein