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Draper Krum Sutcliffe

Born: Tue., Jun. 13, 1922
Died: Sun., Dec. 26, 2010


Memorial Service

1:30 PM Sat., Jan. 01, 2011


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Mr. Draper Krum Sutcliffe, 88, from the Village of Rosemont, peacefully passed away at Frederick Memorial Hospital on Sunday, December 26, 2010. He was a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, mentor, and respected surveyor of Frederick County.
 
Born on June 13, 1922 to Walter and Edna Sutcliffe of Washington, DC, he attended Eastern High School and graduated to attend the University of Maryland. While at Maryland, he interrupted his studies to join the Army in late 1944 where he was sent to serve in the European Theater. Following VE day he boarded a ship bound for the Pacific Theater. He was fortunate to observe VJ day while on board a ship in the Panama Canal. Upon his return home, he completed his engineering degree at the University of Maryland and married Dorothy Mae Merte of Poughkeepsie, NY.
 
He began his surveying career with the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey by participating in the survey of the boundary between the United States and Canada, in Maine. In 1951, he opened a surveying business in Baltimore County with some clients leading him into the growing Frederick County, Maryland area. He opened Sutcliffe & Associates, Land Surveyors in Frederick in 1961 and moved his family to the county in 1964. He enjoyed a reputation for rigorous, accurate, and thorough surveys. He was an expert witness in many trials to settle land disputes and won cases for clients even when brought against the U.S. Government. His reputation and stature rose in the state to where he was appointed by Governor Mandel to the State Board of Registration for Professional Land Surveyors. He and his partner in life, Dorothy, were instrumental in the operations and growth of the Maryland Society of Surveyors, having served a number of years as President, Secretary, and finally on the Board of Directors. He was honored with  the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society just this October.
 
Mr. Sutcliffe spent many years as a part-time professor at the Mont Alto Campus of Penn State and also Frederick Community College teaching surveying.
 
Mr. Sutcliffe was very active in scouting and served many years as a scoutmaster in Baltimore County followed by various positions at the Council level, including District Commissioner. At least 2 of his eagle scouts went on to become surveyors with one of them locating his business in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
 
Mr. Sutcliffe and his wife Dorothy were very active church members at St. Marks United Methodist Church, Baltimore, Maryland. Calvary United Methodist Church, Frederick, MD became their home church once they moved to Frederick County where they cultivated many deep and lasting friendships.
 
He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy Sutcliffe. He is survived by two daughters, Sandy Shewbridge and husband, Dan of Knoxville, MD; Susan Lassiter of Ahoskie, NC; grandchildren Stacey Parks and husband, Cliff of Rohrersville, MD; Benjamin Shewbridge and wife Rita, of Knoxville, MD; and Matheson Lassiter of Ahoskie, NC; and great-granddaughters Mackenzie and Kendall Parks, also of Rohrersville, MD; and one niece, Patricia Carter and husband William, of Plymouth, MI..
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Maryland Society of Surveyors Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 101, Cream Ridge, New Jersey. 08514.
 
A memorial service will be held at Calvary United Methodist Church on January 1, 2011 at 1:30pm. The family will receive friends after services in the church parish hall. Interment will be private.

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Morgan C. France, L.S., P.E.
   Posted Tue December 28, 2010
Draper mentored me in the 70's and on into the 80's. He was instrumental in teaching me the art and science of land surveying. I have incorporated many things I learned from him into my practice, and I have passed these things along to those who have worked for me. I am very sorry for your loss.
Regards, Morgan

Daniel DeBolt
   Posted Tue December 28, 2010
The surveying community has lost a great friend and mentor with Draper's passing. I hope his family knows what a fine example he set for Mayland surveyors.

Cynthia Baxter
   Posted Tue December 28, 2010
I had great respect for Draper as a fellow surveyor. Please accept my sincere sympathy on your loss. Cynthia Baxter

Eric Gladhill
   Posted Tue December 28, 2010
Draper was a great surveyor who was respected by all. He will be missed by all as well. My deepest sympathies to his family.

Chris Gauss
   Posted Wed December 29, 2010
Mr. Sutcliffe was a good surveyor but more importantly is the selfless time and energy that he put into passing his profession onto the next generations, many of surveyors have him to thank. Our sympathy on your loss from all of the Gauss family

Chuck Zang
   Posted Wed December 29, 2010
Mr. Sutcliffe was a true friend and mentor who taught many things - some of life's most important lessons as well as the art and science of surveying - to many of us. It was my honor to work for him in the mid - 1960's while attending college. He will always be remembered as a leader in the field of land surveying and Scouting, a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and one who taught life's most important lessons with the greatest care, dignity and respect.

john w andrews
   Posted Wed December 29, 2010
The surveying community has loss one of the pioneer surveyors. Draper took the time to mentor young surveyors starrting out. He will be missed by the EASTERN SHORE SURVEYORS.
Harold W Hampshire , John W Andrews

Chuck McCall
   Posted Wed December 29, 2010
Sorry for your loss.
"Sut", as most of us know him, will be missed. He was the first person to give me the opportunity to enter field of surveying. He exemplified dedication, attention to detail and professionalism - all of these things have guided my career(s) and made me who I am. Thanks Sut!

Lettie Carter
   Posted Thu December 30, 2010
Dear Stacey and Family ~

So Sorry for your loss. May family and friends be your comfort at this sad time. Cherish all your wonderful memories. God Bless.



Mark E. Powell
   Posted Thu December 30, 2010
I'm just another one of Draper's "students" both inside the classroom and out. His absence at last October's MSS convention did not go unnoticed by anyone. He exemplified the good that we all want in ourselves professionally and personally. He will be sorely missed. Thank you, Draper.

Richard A. Holmes, Jr.
   Posted Fri December 31, 2010
Condolences to Draper's Family. Draper was well respected for his contributions to the Profession of Land Surveying, and will be greatly missed.

Richard Hendrickson
   Posted Fri December 31, 2010
Mr. Sutcliffe was an inspiration to me as a Scout Master and friend. Growing up our family and his spent many vacations together, and his skill on the Hibachi and fishing rod were greatly enjoyed. Upon my graduation from school, he helped me obtain my first job at K&E and for that I am very grateful. I have many happy memories for what he and his family meant to me and I will always cherish these. Thank you, Mr. Sutcliffe, you will be missed!

Russ Thompson
   Posted Sat January 01, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Sutcliffe had insurance for many years with me when I was their Nationwide Insurance agent. I always had the utmost respect for both of them and always enjoyed meeting with them over the years when we were reviewing and discussing their insurance coverages. It was always obvious to me that he was a christian man and that he was dedicated to his family and business and highly respected by all those that knew him. I told him about our Lewistown Ruritan chicken barbacues and he came to most of them during the summer and fall each year. He will be missed by family and friends and I will carry many good memories of him and his wife.

John Wayne Droneburg
   Posted Mon January 03, 2011
Thank you Draper for my start in surveying back in 1972. There were so many of my friends to enter the field of surveying from your office back then. We all are grateful for your leadership and knowledge you gave us. I've kept the same standards in details you showed in your work. Many fond memories of you and "buttons" riding out to check on us doing fieldwork with "buttons" jumping in the air as you drove over the fields.
All my best to you Sandy & Susan.
Wayne "Marnel"

 

 
 

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