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  • Robert W. Simmons. WOLAA was notified that Robert is deceased; no details were
    provided. He worked at NOL in the Aero and Hydro design and Facilities Branch in the
    Aero Department.

  • Bonnie C. Wright. Her daughter, Diane Wright Green, notified WOLAA that Bonnie
    died on 1 October 2007. No other details were provided. She worked in E
    Department’s Product Design Division.

  • Rodney Boyer. WOLAA was notified by Rod’s son that Rodney had died in August
    2010. A tribute to Rodney is provided by his son and is shown in Supplement’s page
    S10. Rod worked in the Environmental Laboratory in Building 20.

  • Julius C. Scalise. Julius C. Scalise, 87, a packaging engineer at the Naval Surface
    Warfare Center from 1946 to 1979, died Sept. 13 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda
    of cardiac arrest. Julius Caesar Scalise was a District Heights native and a 194o
    graduate of Maryland Park High School in Seat Pleasant. He was a machinist at the
    Navy Yard during the early 1940s and served in the Marine Corps during World War
    II. He had been a Rockville resident since 1954. He was a member of the Shrine of
    St. Jude Catholic Church in Rockville. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Mary
    Cardinale Scalise of Rockville; three daughters, Diane Dunville of Princeville, Hawaii,
    Linda Scalise of Rockville and Maria Scalise of Richmond; and a granddaughter.

  • William Logan. WOLAA was notified that William died on 19 September 2010. No
    other information was provided. He worked in the Structures Branch of the Air and
    Surface ME Division

  • Glenn Brown. WOLAA was notified that Glenn died in October 2010. No other
    information is available. Glenn was a technician in the Weapons and Mechanism
    Evaluation Branch (U43). He worked on most of the torpedo, mine and missile
    projects in U Department.

  • Christel Augl. WOLAA was notified that Christel Died in October 2010. She was the
    wife of Dr. Joseph Augl, who worked at WOL in the Non Metallic Material Branch of R
    Department.

  • George Allison. George died of colon cancer on 17 October 2010. He is survived by
    his wife of 34 years, Susan. He graduated from Old Dominion University in 1976 and
    came to work at NSWC. He worked in U42 with Bob Ridgway and was the developer
    of a simulation system to laboratory test the Target Detection Device (TDD) 58 used
    by the Mk 65 QUICKSTRIKE mine. This was a very difficult task as three different
    type sensors and their signal processing had to be modeled/simulated. He also
    worked on the TDD 57, 70 and 71. He moved to Carderock when WOL closed and
    worked in Code 752 re Magnetic Silencing. George worked on ship measuring facilities
    and was on travel a lot. He was a 33 degree Mason and served his community in
    many activities. He enjoyed being a boat captain and there was a very interesting
    story of getting caught in a severe rain storm.

  • Joseph A. Koenig. Joseph died on 11 November 2010. He was the husband of the
    late Deborah, Lillian, and Mary Koenig. He is survived by daughter, Martha Orletsky;
    two grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. He worked in the Aerophysics
    Branch of the Aero and Hydro Ballistic Directorate.

  • Francis “Frank”W. Farley. Frank died in his sleep at his apartment in Riderwood at age
    86. He is survived by his wife, Mary; sons, Francis W (Jr.)., John F, Patrick R, and
    Michael J; and six grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother William and sister
    Ann Cleary. Bill Vogel, who also worked at WOL is his brother-in-law. A memorial
    service was held for Frank at Riderwood on 23 November 2010. Frank worked at NOL
    for his entire career. He worked in U43 as a System Assessment/T&E Engineer. Frank
    had the lead for T&E for SUBROC and the Mk 48 Mod 1 torpedo. Weekly meetings
    were held for both projects in the Chart Room and Frank gave the update on the
    latest field tests. He was an excellent field T&E engineer and had the ability to plan,
    implement, and report on tests. He volunteered to be the Project Manager for
    CAPTOR late in the development/production of CAPTOR. I asked him why he wanted
    the task and in typical Frank style he said because there was a need. He had an
    ability to meet with Submarine commanders and officers to explain what was needed
    on a given test. They had great respect for Frank. He rode submarines a lot during
    SUBROC; and he told me of being on a PERMIT class boat once when the skipper
    decided to go to maximum operating depth. Frank had an interesting description of
    this experience. His family has many stories about the family farm in Maryland and his
    driving, particularly a big old station wagon. Frank was highly intelligent and was well
    read. He didn’t talk about it much but he was in the Army and was in Europe from D-
    day at Normandy and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He apparently frequently
    spoke his mind and this caused him to go up and down in rank. His service to his
    country sets a high standard for all of us.

  • Margaret Emily Peterson. John Cheek notified WOLAA that Emily died on 29
    November 2010 in Tucson, Arizona. No other information is available. She worked in
    the Structure Branch of the Air and Surface ME Division.

  • William E. Gaines. Bill died on 4 December 2010. He is survived by his wife of 62
    years, Frieda; daughter Linda Scholer; five grandchildren; and two great-
    grandchildren. His son Dr. Wayne Gaines is deceased. Art Johnson wrote, “Bill was a
    NAVSEA employee who was in charge of the swimmer weapons program - both R&D
    as well as production. We started working with him from Charlie Young's SWS term
    through Joe Allulis', mine, and Les Taylor's terms. Bill was a great guy, easy to work
    with, and because of failing eyesight and living across the street from the lab, spent
    more and more time at White Oak than downtown He retired from NAVSEA in the
    mid-1980‘s.”

  • Thelma Veronical Simkins. Thelma died on 5 December 2010 at age 91. She was the
    wife of the late John W. Simkins. She is survived by children, Patricia Loomis, Nancy
    Runion, Susan Rose, and William Simkins; 19 grandchildren; and 25 great-
    grandchildren. Her son Robert Simkins is deceased. Houston Cole noted: “John
    Simkins died several years ago and was a draftsman supervisor at WOL. He was an
    excellent draftsman and a fine person.”

  • Oscar Payne. Oscar died at age 78 in Martinsburg, W. VA. He is survived by his wife
    Sara; children Julie Arrowood and Kevin Payne; step-children Toni Silver and Bonnie
    Hiers; three grandchildren; and five step-grandchildren. He was husband of the late
    Darlene Kingsbury Payne. Oscar worked at NOL after getting out of the Navy as a
    draftsman and supervisor draftsman. He was very active in the Beltsville Boys and
    Girls club and coached boys and girls sports. Oscar loved people and made friends
    with everyone. After he retired he worked with other NOL retirees at EPOCH
    Engineering on warhead and sonobuoy projects. He was an excellent design
    draftsman and had the ability to make a sketch better and offered many suggestions
    which lead to an improve design or enhanced the manufacturing of the device. Charlie
    Lewis wrote the following: “Oscar was detailed from the central drafting area to
    provide drafting services for U10. Specifically he worked for Bob Schmiech and
    Charlie Lewis and the project engineers in their organizations. Oscar made concept
    layouts of devices under development and aided the project engineers in conducting
    dimension stack-ups before test samples were sent to the shop for fabrication. He
    was one of the truly good guys at the Lab and was always willing to do whatever was
    required to the job done.”

- Dave Grenier wrote the following: “I was in U11C having a problem with the drafting
room when it was transitioning to Computer Aided Drafting. John Renzi was involved
somehow and, as I remember, had a different agenda than mine and projected getting my
drawings finished way too late while costing way too much. I was frustrated with the
situation when Oscar showed up and sat down. He had a commiserating style that had me
laughing in minutes, and convinced that everything would be just fine. I could count on
him. I got my drawings on time. He never would tell me what he did. Also, he was an
accomplished designer. Several times he suggested changes to our piece-part designs and
was always a member of the design team for the Mk 57 Explosive Destructor (the 100lb
bomblet for the Mine Neutralization System) and its Mk 37 Acoustic Firing Device. I wish I
could remember all the names of the other members of that team.”

  • Sarah Cali. John Greene wrote the following about Sarah who died in September
    2010: “I noted with sadness the passing of Sara in the Fall newsletter. I was
    reminded of the time when President Carter ordered all classified documents be
    personally signed for. At the time I was in charge of the GenSer library in the STILO.
    Sara watched over me while I signed the cards. Sara and I spend more than three
    straight days signing the cards for each and every document we had. As I remember
    it was over 7,000. My hand and fingers were sore for days after. I believe the
    presidential order was rescinded within a year. We only had a problem with one
    document out of that whole group.”

  • Betsy McFerren. Elizabeth Fulton Jones, her Grand-daughter, wrote WOLAA to
    indicate Betsy had died in 2007 at age 94. She had been living with her Mother,
    Elizabeth Mc Ferren Fulton, at the time of her death. Ms Jones indicated that Ms
    Fulton is now in poor health. Betsy was the Secretary for Earl Langenbeck, who
    headed the Engineering Service Department.

  • Ed and Betty Seymour. WOLAA was informed that Ed and Betty Seymour are
    deceased. Ed worked at the WOL in the Systems Evaluation Branch (U42) and the
    Explosive Dynamics Branch in R10. He retired in the early 70’s and moved to Florida
    for his retirement years.

  • Eugene Rosen. WOLAA was informed that Eugene died on 5 January 2010. He was
    living in Leisure World. He worked in the 1950’s for Bob Stotz in DP (Planning and
    Progress), which was on the Technical Director’s Staff.

  • Ruth B. Arnn. Ruth’s daughter called WOLAA and informed us that Ruth died on 17
    July 2010. She was living in Riderwood. Ruth worked in Supply Department in
    Purchasing Division.

  • Lee E. Probst. Jim Woodhams provided WOLAA the following obituary:LeeProbst (80
    died on Christmas Day, 2010, in Tucson, Arizona. Lee served as the Head of the
    College Recruitment Division in the Personnel Department of the Naval Ordnance Lab
    (NOL) in the 1960s, and was responsible for initiating NOL’s college recruitment
    program. Lee left NOL in September 1967 to become the new Placement Director at
    the University of Arkansas, in Fayetteville, but returned to NOL in June 1968. In
    March 1969, he again left NOL to go to the US Civil Service Commission, and later
    worked for several Department of the Navy headquarters offices before eventually
    finishing his 35 year Federal career with the Department of Justice. Lee and his wife,
    Bobbie (Roberta) moved from Northern Virginia to Tucson several years ago, where
    he continued his interests in World travel, photography, history and various other
    pursuits. Jim provided the following additional information, “I am attaching a brief
    obit for Lee Probst, former NOLer who passed away on Christmas Day. Although I
    attended his memorial service in Fairfax, VA, last weekend, there has not been an
    obituary prepared that I know of except brief notes in one of the Tucson papers and
    in the Washington Post. I dug out some information on his employment at NOL but,
    since he has been gone from NOL/NSWC for so long, I doubt that there are very
    many NOLers who would remember Lee. His wife is spending time in Fairfax and
    Tucson and will be moving back to Northern Virginia in the near future.

  • Larry W Johnson. John Kelley provided WOLAA the following: “I am saddened to
    report the sudden, untimely death of IHD employee and former White Oak
    Laboratory Technician Mr. Larry W. Johnson. Reportedly, Mr. Johnson had
    succumbed to lung cancer. Prior to the closure of WOL and his transfer to the
    Patterson Pilot Plant of NSWC Indian Head, Mr. Johnson was a member of the WOL
    Research Department (Energetic Materials Division, Code R10) under Dr. Julius Enig,
    Mr. James Proctor, and Dr. Kurt Mueller, where in WOL's "600-Area" he largely
    contributed to the development of advanced Navy plastic-bonded explosives (PBX's).
    Mr. Johnson also was a talented saxophonist who favored Gospel music, of which he
    recorded several albums. In addition to his recordings, his music was much in
    demand for Church functions and at religious gatherings. He will be missed.”

  • Dr. David M. French. John Kelley provided WOLAA the following: “As first learned
    from his son, George, we are saddened to report the untimely death of White Oak
    Laboratory Senior Scientist Dr. David M. French. Prior to his retirement, Dr. French
    was employed as a Senior Polymer Chemist in the Research Department of the White
    Oak Laboratory (Energetic Materials Division, Code R10; Indian Head Detachment)
    under Drs. Manfred Cziesla, Julius Enig and William McQuistion, Messrs. Gerald
    MacKenzie, James Proctor, and Dr. Kurt Mueller. Dr. French, a student of P. J. Flory,
    was intimately involved in the development of Navy strategic and tactical solid-rocket
    propellants and plastic-bonded explosives (PBX's), for which his research efforts
    principally focused upon the development of advanced backbone polymers and
    binder-systems. His obituary, published in The Washington Post on January 7, 2011,
    follows.

- David Milton French (Age 96) David Milton French, a long-time resident of
Alexandria, Virginia, died January 1, 2011 at Fairfax Inova Hospital of injuries suffered in
an automobile accident. David was born in Alexandria in 1914, the only child of David
French and Jean Brent. After the untimely death of his 42-year old father in 1927, David
enrolled in Episcopal High School, where he graduated in 1932. He received an
undergraduate degree and Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Virginia in 1936 and
1940, respectively. He was hired by the U.S. Rubber Company at Passaic, New Jersey,
where he did work in support of the war effort, on the development of synthetic rubber, of
which he was very proud. While in Passaic, he married Margaret Craven and had a son,
David Milton French. That marriage ended in divorce. A new period of his life began when,
while living in Greenwich Village in New York City, David met and, in 1955, married Mary
Emlen Smith. He and Molly would enjoy more than 55 years of marriage. They had two
sons, George Emlen French and Robert Brent French. After a period of employment at the
Wyandotte Chemical Company near Detroit, David returned with his family to Alexandria in
1959. He worked at the Naval Surface Weapons Center in Indian Head, Maryland for the
rest of his career. David published many papers on polymer chemistry in professional
research journals and patented a number of processes for the development and treatment
of synthetic materials. David became a Branch Head at Indian Head and mentor to a
number of young scientists. He was an emeritus member of American Chemical Society and
the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an active member of the
Alpha Chi Sigma fraternity of chemists. His return to his Alexandria roots kindled David's
passion for genealogy. His manuscripts included the copiously researched histories "The
Brent and Carroll Families of Colonial Maryland," "The Descendants of John and Martha
French of Virginia and Related Families," and "The Other Smiths of Burlington." Some of
these writings can be found in the Virginia Room of the Alexandria Library. David's
survivors include his wife Molly, their sons George and Robert, their grandsons Johnston,
Hugh and Duncan, and their daughter-in-law Sarah; his former wife Margaret, their son
David, their daughter-in-law Alice, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
David's family remembers with love a man who was quiet and unassuming, ever curious
about the world, good natured and a bastion of affection and support. They will miss him
deeply.” John Kelley noted, “Dr. French, a mentor and friend to many of us, is sorely
missed.”

  • Michael E. DeGraba Mike, 86, a Navy Department employee who retired in 1986 from
    what was then the Naval Surface Weapons Center and helped conduct research on
    battery technology, died 8 January 2011 of kidney failure at Holy Cross Hospital in
    Silver Spring. Mr. DeGraba spent 35 years with the White Oak Laboratory, initially as
    a sheet metal worker. Michael, a Kensington resident, was born in Pittston, Pa.
    During World War II, he served in the Army in Europe and participated in the
    Normandy invasion. After his retirement, he worked as a starter and pro-shop
    employee at Sligo Creek Golf Course in Silver Spring and the Naval Surface Weapons
    Center golf course. He was a member of St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church in
    Wheaton, where he was a member of the Holy Name Society. Survivors include his
    wife of 59 years, Lucille Ardoline DeGraba of Kensington; four children, Michael J.
    DeGraba and Lucille DeGraba-Brown, both of Germantown, Patrick J. DeGraba of
    Rockville and Thomas J. DeGraba of Potomac; two sisters; and seven grandchildren.

  • Dorothy McKinley Horner. Dorothy died at age 95 on Thursday, January 20, 2011 at
    her home in Silver Spring, in the care of her family. She was born on November 1,
    1915, in Washington, DC. A fourth generation Washingtonian, she was the child of
    the late Margaret McClellan and Lowell McKinley of Georgetown. She graduated from
    Roosevelt High School in the District of Columbia where she was a member of
    Lambda Chi Sorority, and after further business studies, she managed the Western
    Union offices in Georgetown and at Union Station. Subsequently, she was a
    personnel specialist at the Federal Housing Administration and the Naval Ordnance
    Laboratory from which she retired. Beloved wife for 52 years of the late Andrew
    Annan Horner, who died in 1990; loving mother of Marcia Nilson and John Horner.

  • Dr. Samuel J. Raff. Sam died on 27 January 2011. He was husband of Barbara Raff,
    the late Lillian Raff, and former husband of Anna Pryce. Sam is survived by his
    children, Melvin, Brian, Nina Winters-Raff, Terri Hurley, Sara Manson and Franklin;
    eight grandchildren, and one great-grand-daughter. He graduated in 1943 from
    CCNY with a BSME. He went to work for GE in Schenectady, NY; but within a year the
    Navy worked with GE to send a group of the GE engineers to the Navy Yard in DC to
    work on the war effort. He remained at NOL for the next 17 years, earning his
    masters and PhD in physics through the NOL graduate student program. Sam had
    leadership roles as section chief, branch chief, and head of the Physics Research
    Department. After leaving NOL, Sam spent a year as the TC of the Navy’s Missile
    Office in BUWEP; and then two years as Head of the Systems Analysis Group which
    was located at NOL and was staff to the Undersea Warfare R&D Planning Council.
    This Council consisted of all the CO’s and TD’s of the main government and
    university laboratories involved in undersea warfare. In 1964, Raff Associates was
    formed as a study and analysis group. It grew to 17 employees and was bought by
    GRC International. In 1974, he became PM for the National Science Foundation,
    retiring in 1978. Dr. Raff participated in the Bikini Atomic Bomb tests and many of
    the WOL projects described in the WOL Legacy book. He began the Journal of
    Computers and Operations Research, which he edited for many years and taught EE
    at GWU. Sam was one of the five authors of the WOL Legacy book. He spent many
    hours and many meetings defining, writing, and editing the book. It was a labor of
    love for Sam and all the authors. Dr Raff noted he raised six children, none of whom
    showed the slightest interest in the physical sciences that was his career.

  • Viola Buhrow Haymes. Viola died at age 95 on 2 February 2011. She lived at Leisure
    World in Silver Spring and worked at the WOL. She was wife of the late Jack Haymes
    and James Stargel. She is survived by son Jay Stargel and Sherry-Lynne Stargel and
    grandson Scott Stargel. Jean Sellers noted Viola started working at the WOL in the
    1980’s at an age when most of us were planning retirement or were retired. She
    worked in M22 in Bldg 3 on the third floor. M22 was the Systems Programming
    Branch in the Data Processing Division.

  • Dr. Fred Fisch. WOLAA was informed that Dr. Fred Fisch from NSWC Carderock was
    killed in a 1-car accident last Wednesday, while on his way to Carderock from his
    home in Timonium. Apparently, he suffered some sort of medical emergency and lost
    control of the vehicle, which flipped and crashed. He was in the ICU for a day or so
    before he died. Fred was a ship vulnerability guy that many of us worked with, on
    programs such as the SSVP. Fred had retired from Carderock, and had returned part
    time as a contractor. Note: Fred never worked at WOL but worked with staff from
    the WOL, especially E21, Environmental Branch.

  • Maurice Murphy. Jean Goertner notified WOLAA that she received the following: “Hello
    Ms. Goertner, I am Maurice Murphy's son John. My Dad passed away on 9 February
    2011 at age 91.” Maurice worked at WOL as a chemist in the Chemical Engineering
    Division. He had been a long-time resident of Beltsville and most recently lived in
    Burtonsville. “Mr. Murphy started with the Naval Ordnance Laboratory at White Oak
    in the early 1940s and later did pyrotechnics work with the Naval Sea Systems
    Command in Arlington County. He returned to White Oak for the last 13 years of his
    career, retiring around 1994. Maurice was born in Milwaukee and received a bachelor's
    degree in chemistry from Marquette University in his home town. Maurice was a
    member of the Catholic Church of the Resurrection in Burtonsville. Survivors include
    his wife of 54 years, Marthe Chausse Murphy of Burtonsville; two children, John
    Murphy and Anne Ricciardi, both of Burtonsville; and two grandchildren.”

  • William Barnum. Bill passed away on 4 March 2011. He had a stroke and was
    discovered in his apartment when his co-workers at ATR checked on him when he
    didn’t report for work. He was taken to Holy Cross Hospital for treatment, and then
    to their hospice where he died. Bill has a brother who lives in Montana. Bill worked at
    the WOL as a ME in the Mechanical Systems Branch in U Department. He moved to E
    Department in the mid-70’s to Head the WOL Shops. Upon retirement, he worked
    for ATR. Bill is also survived by his dear friend Betty Covell. His ATR and WOL friends
    held a “wake” for Bill to share their good memories of him. (Betty had suffered a
    stroke and had fallen recently. She is living in a nursing home at this time. Bill was
    caring for her pet dog and her home as well as visiting Betty daily. Betty has no
    surviving family.)

  • Eleanor G. Kayser. Eleanor’s brother Henry notified WOLAA that Eleanor died on 21
    February 2010.  She is survived by her brother, a niece, and two nephews.  “Lore”
    worked at NOL in the Chemistry Department.  She was a Notre Dame graduate with
    a degree in Chemistry.  She had several patents and was honored as a “most
    influential woman.”

  • Bernard and Margaret Thomas. WOLAA was notified that Bernard died on 5 February
    2005 and his wife Margaret died on 26 August 2010.  Bernard worked in the
    Technical Shops at the WOL.

  • Margaret Penelope Parks Humphrey. Peggy died on 27 October 2010.  Her daughter
    Penny Hulbert notified WOLAA.  Peggy was the wife of Sam Humphrey who worked at
    WOL as a ME, Project Manager of CAPTOR and NSAP advisor to COMINEWARFARE in
    Charleston, SC.  Sam and Peggy moved to Charleston and bought a historical house
    there when Sam was a NSAP advisor.  They loved the area, and their home, and
    remained there for many years after his retirement.  Sam and Peggy had two
    daughters.  Sam died several years ago while living in Ohio near their daughter.  
    Peggy was a warm and friendly person. She loved to visit court rooms to hear the
    banner of the lawyer, judges and witnesses. A memorial service is planned on 18
    June at 1000 at the Northwood UP Church at 1200 University Blvd in Silver Spring,
    MD.   A luncheon follows at Mrs K’s Tollhouse at 1100.  RSVP to Penny at (801) 340-
    4444.

  • Elizabeth Schwartz Roberts.  Betty died at her home on 10 January 2011 after a long
    struggle with lung cancer.  She was a lifetime resident of Silver Spring and was 82
    years old.  She worked for the Federal Government for 37 years, most of the time at
    the WOL.  She was working as Supervisory Budget Analyst at the time of her
    retirement in 1983.  She was the Branch Secretary for the Mechanical Evaluation
    Branch headed by Don Sullivan and then Division Secretary for the Underwater
    Evaluation Division headed by Jim Martin.  Betty was an excellent secretary and
    budget analyst, and respected by all.  After retirement, she volunteered at both the
    Smithsonian and Brookside Gardens.  “Betty’s love of ‘hand-on’ flower gardening
    was a major source of joy throughout her life.  Pots of lush and colorful flowering
    plants always ordained her porch and deck.  Her special project was the design and
    creation of a garden sanctuary  in her backyard that she filled with plants, tress,
    flowers carefully collected and nurtured over the years.”  She is survived by her
    husband of 64 years, John W. Roberts; her daughter Jane Roberts Coughlin; and
    grandchildren, Jennifer Coughlin, MD, Thomas Coughlin III, CFA; and Elizabeth Reid
    Coughlin.

  • Helen M. Berry.  WOLAA received the following letter: “Ladies and Gentlemen, I regret
    to inform you that Helen M. Berry formerly of Silver Spring, MD, passed away on 20
    January 2011, the day before her 98th birthday.  We thank you for the many
    communications which she received.  She was blind in her later years and enjoyed
    having them read to her.  Sincerely, Julian A. Berry, Jr.”  Helen worked in the
    Purchase Division of the Supply Department and was very well respected for her
    competent work and her interaction with her “clients.”  Helen had moved to
    Huntsville, Alabama.

  • Joseph Fleischman.  Joe died on 27 March 2011. He was suffering from alzheimers
    and was in a hospice house.  He lived in Parkville, MD.  Joe was in the Planning
    Section of the Technical Shops. He is survived by his wife Lenora; children, Joanne,
    Joseph, and Thomas; stepchildren, Gaye, Lynn, and Janne; and five grandchildren.  
    His first wife, Anne is deceased.

  • Owen McGlynn.  Owen died at age 76 from lung disease.  He lived in Rockville, MD.  
    He was born on 21 April 1934 in Wilkes-Barre, PA.  He was the son of the late Owen
    and Carolyn McGlynn.  Mac began his career with the Navy Gun Factory in 1953.
    From 1956 until 1958, he served a tour of duty in the U.S. Army. In 1959, he
    accepted an appointment to the Naval Surface Warfare Center (known as the Naval
    Ordinance Lab) as an engineering draftsman in 1959. On July 14, 1993, Mr. McGlynn
    retired from the Navy Department.  During his more than 40 years of service, Mac
    received numerous Special Act awards.  In addition, he worked on numerous
    projects, which included Advanced Sea Mines, MK 48 Torpedo, CAPTOR Mine MK 60,
    Surface Ship Torpedo Defense, Submarine Launch Mobile Mines and the layout of the
    AEGIS Building.  Mac will be missed by his life-long friends, Glenn W. and Christine
    Forester.

  • Will Filler.  WOLAA was notified that Will had died.  Will had been living in Seal Beach,
    CA.  No details were provided.  He worked in the Research Department in the Air
    Ground Explosive Branch.  Will worked on internal blast research projects with Jim
    Proctor.  Will also developed, at White Oak, the prototype for the large Shock Tube
    that was located in Dahlgen.  After use for explosive research, the tube was
    mothballed.  In the 1980’s, U Department used the tube’s structure to simulate a
    Soviet double hull submarine to assess the ability of a Mk 50 Torpedo warhead to
    penetrate the double hull and do severe damage within the inner hull.

  • Beatrice Ungar.   Beatrice Ungar, retired supervisor in the small purchases section of
    the Supply Department, died of cancer on April 19, 2011.  Bea worked at White Oak
    for 27 years before retiring in 1984.  She is survived by her husband, Lou Ungar,
    who before his retirement in 1976 worked as an S&T photographer in the wind
    tunnel and the 400 ranges.  Bea is also survived by a daughter, Denise Alison Ungar
    of Silver Spring.

  • Jesse Rosenberg.  Jesse died on 28 April 2011.  WOLAA had been told that Jesse
    had fallen and had been severely injured.  He is survived by his wife, Jean; children,
    Ellen Deckelbaum, Helene Bethel, and Larry Rosenberg; and grandchildren who
    adored their “Pops,” Sara and Benjamin Bethel and Joshua and Charlotte
    Deckelbaum.  Jesse worked in the Mechanical Evaluation Branch in U40.  He worked
    out of a laboratory in the basement of Building 4.  His group did the air drops for
    mines, depth bombs, etc.  They used the very high quality movies of the drops shot
    by the very skilled WOL field photographers to measure entry angles, velocity, etc.  
    Jesse had to work with the Navy pilots, FAA, and airport folks to get the clearance to
    use the Ft. Lauderdale airport to load the ordnance and go over the test flight
    plans.  I was always impressed with Jesse getting clearance to fly A-6’s, A-7, F18’s
    North-South along the Ft. Lauderdale beaches as commercial airlines were taking off
    on a East heading over the Atlantic Ocean.  This got really exciting when doing the
    high speed and low altitude drops.  Needless to say, Jesse was on travel a lot.  It
    also amazed me on what he how he could convince  the Navy pilots to do interesting
    maneuvers with their jets when doing the drops.

  • Waverly “Preacher” Langston.  Preacher died on 22 May 2011, just two weeks after
    his eighth birthday, after a battle with cancer.  He was born in Goldboro, NC and was
    in US Marine Corp during the Korean War.  He was awarded two Bronze Stars and
    other honors.  He worked at NOL/NSWC for 33 years.  Most of these years at Ft.
    Monroe as a valued technician and then several years at WOL.  He is survived by his
    wife of 53 years, Peggy; two children: Lori Ferguson and Kerry Langston; and four
    Grandchildren.  He enjoyed traveling and camping with his family: all 50 states,
    Europe, Asia, and the Holy Land.  He built two homes for his family with his own
    hands and helped his children build their homes.  Preacher was extremely active in
    the James River Baptist Church.  He started and lead many programs for his church,
    primarily for veterans and the religious education of his children.  “He will be
    remembered for his many kind acts, his quick wit, his wonderful smile and his many
    contributions to his family and church.

  • Van L. Kenyon, III.  Van died at age 74 on 2 March 2011 at the Manchester Health
    Care in Tennessee.  Van was born in Greensboro, NC.  After the WOL closed, he
    worked for AEDC, which is the Air Force’s organization which is in charge of their
    Nuclear Simulators. He worked at the WOL in H Department, and was a technical
    expert in Nuclear Simulators and Simulation. He was very creative.  It was decided to
    install the extra EMP pulsor in Building 132.  The space was limited, and a shield was
    needed for the pulsor.  He found a circular metal corn crib used by farmers that was
    just the right size and provided excellent shielding.  I can imagine what the person in
    the Supply Department thought when they received that procurement request.  In
    the 90’s, he lead the NSWC/WO effort to design and compete for a super new
    Nuclear Simulator to be built at the WOL.  We were told that we had the best
    technical proposal; but the work went to the Air Force.  I was told that the Air Force
    eventually used a lot of Van’s design when their design had issues.  Van is survived
    by his son, Douglas Kenyon; daughter, Emily Everaers; and five grandchildren.  
    Editor Note:  Van and I came to NOL on the same day in 1958 and were processed
    into NOL by Betty Beebe.  Thus, Van was the first person I met at NOL.

  • William Hawkins.  William died on 21 May 2011.  He had moved to Florida for health
    reasons; he is survived by his wife, daughter, two sons, and his mother, Alberta
    Hawkins.  Alberta worked at WOL in the Records Section of E Department.

  • George C. Keller.  George, died May 4 at Gilchrist Center in Towson after a stroke.  
    He was 85.  He was a NASA engineer for three decades who worked on missions
    including the first weather satellite and the space shuttle program.  George, a
    Columbia resident, retired from NASA in 1992.  Previously, he had worked at the
    Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, where he helped develop aircraft-arresting
    gear for carrier landings, and for the Naval Ordnance Laboratory in White Oak, where
    he designed missile-guidance systems.  At NOL, George worked in the Structures
    Division of Air and Surface.  In retirement, he was a consultant on a NASA-
    manufactured Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite.  He also
    volunteered with a Goddard Space Flight Center retirees organization.

  • Clark W. Dovell. Clark died at age 87 on 14 May 2011.  He lived in Potomac, MD.  
    Clark worked as a mechanical engineer at NOL in the Mechanical Engineering Division.  
    He worked on many mine programs.  He served as a corporal in the Army Air Corps
    from 1943 to 1945.  His units were the Army Specialized Training Program, 106th
    and 422nd Infantry Division.  He participated in the Battles of the Ardennes and
    Rhineland.  Clark was held as POW in the Stalag IVB.  He is survived by his wife,
    Thelma.  Their daughter, Donna April Graybill is deceased.  He will be buried at
    Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

  • Richard L. “Dick” Knodle.  Richard L. "Dick" died 17 June 2011 at age 89 at a nursing
    home in Verona, N.J.  He had brain cancer.  From 1947 until he retired in 1977, Dick
    worked on explosives at NOL; he was a nuclear electrical engineer.  In 1953, he
    received the Navy Department's Superior Performance Award.  He was a native of
    Elgin, Ill. and served in the Army Air Forces during World War II.  He received a
    bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois in 1947
    before moving to the Washington region.  He lived in Hyattsville before moving to
    New Jersey in 2005.  Dick was a member of the IEEE and a volunteer with the
    American Red Cross.  He had no immediate survivors.

  • Matt Brown.  Dr. Matt Brown died on 19 June 2011 at Suburban Hospital in
    Bethesda, MD after heart surgery at age 72.  Matt was a research physicist at the
    WOL working in R41; he did research in composition and structures of materials
    using particle accelerator based technology.  After the WOL closed, Matt moved to
    the NSWC/Carderock and managed a radiation testing division there.  He received his
    BS, MS, and PhD in physics from U of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1972.  He was born
    in Chattanooga, TN.  Matt is survived by his wife of 43 years, Linda Lambert “Lin”
    Brown; children, Julia Flaherty of Braintree, MA and Louis Brown of El Paso, TX; his
    Mother, Christine Steele; and two Grandchildren.  He was very active in the
    community of Bethesda, “….served on the board of neighborhood associations.  He
    did volunteer work at Ayrlawn Park in Bethesda removing invasive plants and helping
    restore areas of the woods.  He also volunteered with Project Reboot, an
    organization that restored used computers and gives them to low-income families
    and needy organizations.”

  • James Ronald Chatham,   Jim, 76, of Laurel, died Sunday, July 17, 2011, at Carroll
    Lutheran Village in Westminster, from complications of vascular dementia and other
    medical conditions. Born Feb. 9, 1935, in St. Louis, Mo., he was the son of the late
    Ira T. and Marie Chatham. He was the husband of the late H. Sue Chatham, his wife
    of 45 years. He was a 48-year resident of Howard County. He graduated, with an
    electrical engineering degree, from the University of Missouri in 1957.   Jim worked at
    NOL for 34 years in the Air and Surface Department.  Jim was a key engineer on the
    team who developed the guidance system for SUBROC.  He spent his retirement
    years performing handyman work of all varieties and volunteering at Howard County
    General Hospital. He was a founding member of St. John United Methodist Church in
    Columbia, participating in numerous service projects and serving on many
    committees. He was a member of several choirs including the St. John Choir, the
    Alleluias, the Howard County Interfaith Choir, the Village Voices and the Columbia
    Choral Society. He served many years as a Howard County Board of Elections poll
    judge, was a Boy Scout in his youth and an official Girl Scout as an adult, supporting
    his wife who was a troop leader. He enjoyed time with his family and cats, numerous
    camping trips and other travel experiences and helping others. His hobbies were
    music, home improvement, gardening, duplicate bridge and other pastimes. Surviving
    are daughters Becky S. Chatham, of Knoxville, Tenn., and Deborah A. Chatham, of
    Westminster.

  • Karl Wayne Reed Wayne, age 69, of Waldorf, Maryland, passed away at Southern
    Maryland Hospital in Clinton, Maryland, on July 31, 2011 of pancreatic cancer. He was
    born in Ohio on August 11, 1941, to the late Velma and Robert Reed.  He graduated
    in 1966 from Toledo State University with a degree in Engineering Physics. He went
    to work for the Naval Ordnance Laboratory in White Oak, Maryland the same year. He
    subsequently completed all course work for a Master’s Degree in Physics at the
    University of Maryland, College Park. When the Navy Lab at White Oak closed in the
    late 1990’s, he was reassigned to the Indian Head Division. As a physicist for the
    Naval Surface Warfare Center, he provided forty-four exemplary years of service
    before retiring last year as Senior Scientist. He will be remembered as a mentor, an
    innovator, and as someone who delighted in exploring endless possibilities.  Wayne
    is survived by his wife Sue Reed and daughter Lora Palmer (Stephen).  Wayne
    worked in the Explosive Division of the Research Department.  He worked on the
    warhead/explosives for torpedoes.