Broadmead Welcomes New Residents, Maryann & Jack Busse
By Jackie Mintz
The latest addition at Broadmead to the ranks of former Baltimore County public school teachers, Maryann Busse specialized in teaching upper-level math courses. From 1962, right out of college, she taught at Dulaney High School until her retirement in 2001, except for a 10-year hiatus to be at home with her children. Mostly, she taught AP calculus. Over the years, Maryann taught some of the children of her early students. She learned during a Broadmead Zoom meeting that Jenny Killgallon, one of those early students, was also moving to Broadmead.
A native of the Pittsburgh area, Maryann grew up in East McKeesport and attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Upon graduation, she applied for a position with the Baltimore County Public Schools and was hired along with several of her classmates. In 1970, she earned a master's degree in education from Loyola University. After retirement, Maryann volunteered for 15 years with the Baltimore Symphony Kids program. She also was active in the children's programs at the Oregon Ridge Nature Center.
Maryann met her future husband, Jack, in Baltimore. Married in 1967, they have two children, John, who lives with his wife and children in Lutherville, and Krissy, who lives in Vail, CO. The Busses lived in Phoenix, MD, for 32 years and, partly in anticipation of their move to Broadmead, sold their house in August 2019 and moved to an apartment across York Road. From their third floor apartment, they could watch their Upland unit being built.
An engineer by training, Jack Busse worked for the Maryland Cup Company and its several successors for 40 years. He designed the machines that made the company's products. When he started at the company in 1963, the machines that he worked on folded paper and sealed it with a seam. Then in the 1970s, when plastics became more available and less expensive, he branched out to the design of machines that made plastic products.
Over the years, the company was bought and sold a number of times, changing its name from Maryland Cup to Fort Howard Paper Co., to American Industrial Partners, and then to Sweetheart Cup. In 2004, Jack was promoted to vice president for engineering and research.
After yet another buyout, Jack decided to leave and form his own consulting company, which provided designs for machines and other services for smaller companies. He obtained nine patents for his designs, but at other times it was decided to keep the improved design a trade secret, because in filing for a patent the idea or process becomes public information. Jack retired in 2014.
Born and raised in Essex, MD, Jack attended the University of Maryland, where he obtained a bachelor's degree in engineering. He volunteers at Christ Lutheran Church and serves on the board of Hannah More School.
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