Lyman H. Styles Jr., 81, died Tuesday, April 2, 2008 Tuesday, April 2, 2008 at home in Baltimore, Md.He was the widower of Renee T. Cervera, who died in 2003 after 52 years of marriage.

Born in New York City, he was the son of the late Lyman H. Styles Sr. and Bessie Harper Styles Fox.

A 1943 graduate of Bayonne Technical High School, he served in the U.S. Air Force as a radio operator during World War II.

He graduated from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1952 with a degree in civil engineering. He also attended Columbia University, completing all but his master's thesis for a degree in architecture.

He spent several years working for New York-based engineering firms on projects including the Verrazano Bride and other Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges.

In 1961, he moved to Proctor, Vt. and became the first African American commissioner of public works for the city of Rutland and received a State of Vermont "Man of the Year" award in 1972.

In 1974, he relocated to Downingtown and for many years owned his own engineering firm, Omni Consultants, working on highway, airport, building and street projects in Atlanta, Ga. and Philadelphia.

He also taught engineering courses at Widener College.

He was an active member of St. James Episcopal Church in Down-ingtown, where he served in various capacities.

He was active in the Boy Scouts, Rotary Club, Selective Service, American Society of Civil Engineers and Prison Ministries.

He was a gifted photographer, opera lover, sports enthusiast, and an avid sailor and bridge player.

He is survived by two sons, Matthew Lyman Styles of Baltimore, Md. and Adam Cevera Styles of Germantown, Md.; a daughter, Melanie Styles Wilson of Baltimore, Md.; and four grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Saturday, April 12, at St. James Episcopal Church, 409 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown.

Interment was in Northwood Cemetery, Downingtown. Arrangements by the James J. Terry Funeral Home, Downingtown. To send online condolences, visit

Memorial contributions may be made to Fisher House Foundation, 1401 Rockville Pike, Suite 600, Rockville, Md. 20852.

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