After a two-year struggle with sinus cancer, Henry Joseph Tyler died peacefully on Jan. 29, 2019, at 9:30 a.m., at his home in Alexandria, VA. Henry was born in Munich, Germany to Henry Joseph Tyler Sr. and Pauline Shirley Tyler. He grew up in Baltimore, MD, Wilmington DE, and Cincinnati, OH, and was married to Kathleen Tyler on June 18, 2015. After receiving a perfect SAT score he attended the University of Maryland. While pursuing his studies, he worked as a full-time fork lift operator to cover college expenses and care for an ailing parent. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in civil engineering.
Henry began his career in 1978 with RTKL, a global architecture, planning and design firm and was promoted to Director of Technology in 1984. In 1990, he became the Vice President in charge of Technology. He worked as a private consultant for IT/Program Management for various federal agencies, including the Army Corp of Engineers and CIA and published over 40 articles on IT-related topics. Mr. Tyler was Director of Technology at Dewberry from 1999-2003 and served as their Chief Information Officer until May 2018.
Henry was a genuinely “good guy”, a humble man of substance and character, who always put others before himself. Despite a no-nonsense exterior he was kind, funny, and soft at heart. He had a dogged sense of how things should be and would patiently persevere until he convinced you to see the light. He was never judgmental or ever said a bad word about anyone. His courage was exemplary; he never gave up, never quit, and never complained during his fight with cancer and other hardships in his life. He loved his Dewberry family and leaving the IT team was his most difficult day.
Henry was extremely proud of his two daughters, who were a constant source of support, despite living far away. He also had a very special place in his heart for the mentally handicapped, having grown up and shared a unique friendship with a special uncle, Mr. Phil Mech. An extreme cyclist, he completed several 100-mile bike rides. He had a great love for the outdoors, exploring the national parks by backpacking, bike and kayak, and boating at his home in Lake Anna VA. He was a rifle and pistol enthusiast, always promoting weapon safety. He thoroughly enjoyed cooking.
He is survived by his sister, Donna Euler; wife, Kathleen Tyler; daughters, Amanda Tyler and April Price; April’s husband, Larry Price; grandchildren, Savannah, Isabelle, and Juliette Price; and his wife’s children, Griffin and Haley Canfield.
Special thanks to Dr. Alden Chiu and the staff at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Henry, you will always stay in our hearts. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.