Bushey, architect, dies at 81

August 12, 2011|By ANDREW SCHOTZ |

George Weller Bushey, a Washington County architect who worked on prisons and schools, died Wednesday. He was 81.

Bushey, of Briarcliff Drive near Hagerstown, ran a local architecture firm for about 20 or 25 years, according to his son, George Kent Bushey, who is known as Kent.

The firm's local projects included the original Washington County Detention Center, Western Heights Middle School, Springfield Middle School, Williamsport High School and buildings at Hagerstown Community College, according to his obituary.

He also worked on the Maryland Correctional Adjustment Center in Baltimore, a maximum-security prison known as Supermax. Last year, the center was limited to only housing federal prisoners awaiting trial, according to the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

Brent Feight, who used to work with George Weller Bushey, took over the firm when Bushey resigned as president in 1993.

The firm is now known as Bushey Feight Morin Architects.

George Weller Bushey played golf and racquetball for recreation, George Kent Bushey said.

The senior Bushey's obituary says he was born in Cavetown.

He graduated from Carnegie Tech with a degree in architecture and served four years in the U.S. Navy.

In 1994, a federal judge sentenced George Weller Bushey to six months of home detention and three years of probation, and fined him $5,000 for helping George Kent Bushey launder at least $100,000 in drug money, The Herald-Mail reported at the time.

George Weller Bushey pleaded guilty to conspiracy to impede the Internal Revenue Service in the collection of taxes. In a letter to the editor, his lawyer wrote that Bushey's crime was "loving his son too much and putting on blinders" about the origin of the money.

George Kent Bushey pleaded guilty to cocaine and tax-evasion charges.

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