Edward Birckhead Lankford Todd
Edward Birckhead Lankford Todd, Architect, of Salisbury, Maryland, passed away peacefully on Friday December 14, 2018 at Coastal Hospice At The Lake at the age of 80. Born in Princess Anne, Maryland, on February 20, 1938, he was the son of Arthur Wellington Todd and Myrtle Lankford Todd, and the grandson of the late State Senator, Edward B. Lankford for whom he was named.
After preparing at Washington High School in Princess Anne, Edward graduated in 1960 with an A.B. in architectural sciences from Harvard College where he was a member of Eliot House and, then, the University of Pennsylvania School of Architecture (M. Arch., 1964).
He practiced as an architect for over 47 years (1964-2011). Prior to returning to the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 1972, Mr. Todd practiced in Baltimore for 8 years as an Associate with Cochran, Stephenson & Donkervoet, Architects, and as Vice-President and Director of Design for Tatar & Kelly Architects. Mr. Todd’s firm was established in Salisbury in 1972 as Meyers, D’Leo & Todd, Inc. Architects. In 1975, he obtained complete ownership of the firm and changed the name of the firm to Todd & Associates, Inc. Architects, where he was the sole owner and president for 36 years until his retirement in 2011.
Mr. Todd’s firm received many awards for design excellence to include Wicomico County Youth & Civic Center in Salisbury. Mr. Todd was particularly proud that his design for the Princess Anne Elementary School in Somerset County was nationally recognized for its excellence at an exhibit of “outstanding schools” by the National School Board Association in San Francisco, as he had attended the original school. The design for the school was used as a prototype for four other elementary schools in Calvert County, MD.
Over the years, Mr. Todd was a member of the following; Rotary Club of Salisbury, Green Hill Yacht & Country Club, Elks Club, Greater Salisbury Committee, Salisbury Chamber of Commerce, Salisbury-Wicomico Economic Development Corporation (SWED), United Way of Wicomico County (Board Member), Lower Shore Enterprises (Board Member), Boy Scouts of America (Tri-County District Chairman and Del-Mar-Va Council Member), and the Harvard Club of Maryland (Schools & Scholarship Committee).
Mr. Todd will be remembered for his kindness and generosity. He enjoyed traveling, boating, fishing, playing an occasional golf game with his friend, Bill Smith (they never kept score), and finding special restaurants and great wines. Some of his favorite times in recent years have been phone conversations, visits and watching Orioles games with his dear friend “Buc” Shockley. He had a true passion for his dogs. Each were told they were “the best”, but “Simon”, a cairn terrier was extraordinary, and was a devoted and truly a “best friend”.
Survivors include a brother, Arthur W. Todd, Jr. of Princess Anne; a niece, Luise Pattinson (Paul) of Oxford, England; a nephew, Arthur W. Todd, III (Liz) of St. David’s, PA; a nephew, Alexander Von S. Todd (Aly) of Cumbria, England; a niece, Nancy D. Reed (James) of Baltimore; and a longtime friends of Mr. & Mrs. Todd, Jenny Bozman Henderson (Tom) of Norfolk, VA, Reagan E. Henderson and Nealy A. Henderson.
Mr. Todd was predeceased by his wife of over 23 years, Elizabeth Donovan Todd.
A memorial service was held on Friday, December 21, 2018 at the Holloway Funeral Home in Salisbury. Officiating was Rev. Norman E. Hancock. Interment was at Manokin Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Princess Anne.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802, Worcester County Humane Society, 12330 Eagle’s Nest Road, Berlin, MD 21811, the Salisbury Zoo, 755 S. Park Drive, Salisbury, MD 21804, or the Worcester County Library Ocean Pines Branch, 1107 Cathel Road, Berlin, MD 21811.
Arrangements were in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, PA, 501 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, MD 21804. Please visit www.hollowayfh.com to express condolences to the family.