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Orland Thorpe

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Thorpe, Orland B. "Barney"

Orland B. (Barney) Thorpe Jr. was born to O.B. and Josephine (Helmly) Thorpe in Savannah, GA on August 16, 1924, moved to Albuquerque in 1935 and passed away on January 22, 2017.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by his wife of 60 years, Mary Whitenell Thorpe.

He is survived by his children, Susan (Jake) Gaultney, John (Cheryl) Thorpe, Dan (Sharon) Thorpe, Tom (Jackie) Thorpe; ten grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

Barney graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1942 and the University of New Mexico in 1948 with a B.S in Civil Engineering. He was an officer in the U.S. Navy and the Naval Reserve. He worked in Albuquerque in the disciplines of both Civil and Structural Engineering until his retirement in 1989. He was a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineering and a past president of the N.M. Section, active member and past president of the N.M. Consulting Engineers Council as well as a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers. As a life-long member of the Monte Vista Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), he was active in many positions in the church. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman. Barney dearly loved his family and was proud of each of them and their activities and accomplishments.

Memorial services will be held on Thursday, February 2, 2017, 10:30 a.m. at the Monte Vista Christian Church, 3501 Campus Blvd NE. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to the Monte Vista Christian Church. Please visit out online guestbook for Barney at

Published in Albuquerque Journal from Jan. 29 to Feb. 1, 2017
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