Joseph E. Pip­kin, worked for OSHA

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES - — Fred­er­ick N. Ras­mussen

Joseph E. Pip­kin, a re­tired elec­tri­cal and stan­dards en­gi­neer who worked for the Oc­cu­pa­tional Safety and Health Ad­min­is­tra­tion for nearly three decades, died Mon­day from can­cer at Lorien Mays Chapel in Ti­mo­nium. The Tow­son res­i­dent was 91. The son of Joseph Wil­liam Pip­kin, a pat­tern lay­out de­signer for women’s cloth­ing, and Cather­ine Pip­kin, a home­maker, Joseph Ed­ward Pip­kin was born in Bal­ti­more and raised on North Luzerne Av­enue near Pat­ter­son Park.

He was a 1943 grad­u­ate of Bal­ti­more Polytech­nic In­sti­tute and be­gan his elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer­ing stud­ies at the Johns Hopkins Univer­sity.

Those stud­ies were in­ter­rupted when he en­listed in the Navy. Mr. Pip­kin served pri­mar­ily in in­tel­li­gence aboard the com­mand ship USS Mount Olym­pus off China, which was as­signed to mon­i­tor Ja­panese troop move­ments.

Dis­charged in 1945, he re­turned to Hopkins and ob­tained a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer­ing in 1947. In 1955, he re­ceived a mas­ter’s de­gree in elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer­ing, also from Hopkins.

He be­gan his ca­reer as a de­sign en­gi­neer for the old Glenn L. Martin Co. in Mid­dle River. He sub­se­quently worked in the same ca­pac­ity for West­ing­house Elec­tric Corp. and GTE-Syl­va­nia.

Mr. Pip­kin joined the U.S. Depart­ment of La­bor in1964. Dur­ing his ten­ure with the agency — work­ing in what be­came the Oc­cu­pa­tional Safety and Health Ad­min­is­tra­tion — he wrote eight elec­tri­cal and me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing safety stan­dards.

He also was OSHA’s li­ai­son on the Na­tional Ma­te­ri­als Ad­vi­sory Board of the Na­tional Acad­emy of Sciences for eval­u­a­tion of haz­ardous in­dus­trial at­mos­pheres. He also served as an ex­pert govern­ment wit­ness in­volv­ing elec­tri­cal safety.

Mr. Pip­kin re­tired in 1991, and the next year was pre­sented the Dis­tin­guished Ser­vice Award from the Depart­ment of La­bor.

“He loved to fix things,” said a daugh­ter, Kate Pip­kin of Parkville. “Toys, bi­cy­cles, lawn mow­ers, you name it, he could fix it. He was the con­sum­mate en­gi­neer who was al­ways find­ing or de­vis­ing projects.”

He was an ac­tive mem­ber of a China/ Burma/In­dia veter­ans group.

Mr. Pip­kin was a com­mu­ni­cant of Im­mac­u­late Heart of Mary Ro­man Catholic Church, 8501 Loch Raven Blvd., where a Mass of Chris­tian burial will be of­fered at 11 a.m. Thurs­day.

In ad­di­tion to his daugh­ter, he is sur­vived by his wife of nearly 60 years, the for­mer Mary L. Con­nor; a son, Joseph W. Pip­kin of Tow­son; an­other daugh­ter, El­iz­a­beth M. Pip­kin of Ow­ings Mills; and four grand­chil­dren.

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