J. Ronald EarhartHopkins physicistServices for J. Ronald...


October 19, 1991

J. Ronald Earhart

Hopkins physicist

Services for J. Ronald Earhart, a physicist at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, will be held at 2 p.m. today at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Westminster.

Dr. Earhart died early Thursday after a heart attack at his home in Westminster. He was 50.

Since 1984, he had headed the Aegis 21 project analyzing the Navy's need for surface ships into the next century.

He had been a member of the laboratory's Naval Warfare Analysis Department since 1979. He joined the Hopkins laboratory staff in 1973 after working for five years at the ITT Electro-Physics Laboratories in Columbia, studying the ionosphere, radar and acoustical waves.

Before joining the Navy analysis department, he had been a group chief scientist in the Strategic Systems Department, whose work had included such matters as sonar navigation.

Born in Hershey, Pa., he was a 1959 graduate of Penn Manor High School in Millersville, Pa., and a 1963 graduate of Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa. He earned his master's degree and doctorate at the University of New Hampshire, where he held a NASA fellowship.

In addition to his own work at the laboratory, he had taught a course in threat analysis since 1985 as part of a staff training program.

He was a member of the American Geophysical Union and Sigma Xi, an honorary scientific research society.

At Walnut Grove Farm, his home in Westminster, he maintained a 40-acre commercial Christmas tree farm.

He was also a deacon and Sunday school teacher at St. Paul's United Church of Christ and gave talks on careers in science and related fields in the Carroll County schools.

Also, he was a Pittsburgh Pirates fan and a coach of the Rangers, a team in the Babe Ruth league, a youth baseball program in Westminster.

He is survived by his wife, the former Marianne Steiner; a daughter, Amy Elizabeth Earhart of Westminster; a son, J. Benjamin Earhart of Westminster, and a brother, Randy L. Earhart of Lancaster, Pa.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to St. Paul's United Church of Christ. A Mass of Christian burial for Thomas G. McTeague, a retired sales official for the Glidden Pigments Division of the SCM Corp., will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane, Texas.

Mr. McTeague, who was 67 and lived in Oxford, died Tuesday of cancer at Memorial Hospital in Easton. He retired in 1986 as a product manager for sales to the paper industry for Glidden, where he had worked since 1960. He earlier had done sales work for the Leidy Chemical Co. and briefly for an insurance company.

A native of Baltimore, he was a graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School and Loyola College and did graduate work at Catholic University.

Mr. McTeague served in the Navy during World War II.

After his retirement, he moved to Oxford, where he was fond of sailing his small boat.

He is survived by his wife, the former Juliet Welsh; five daughters, Meghan Bittner, Karen Nibbelink and Juliet Moreland, all of Towson, Mary Scott McTeague of Bel Air and Shelagh McTeague of Catonsville; two sons, Timothy McTeague of Cub Hill and Michael McTeague of Towson; a sister, Margaret Bradley of Baltimore; three brothers, John McTeague of Norfolk, Va., and James and Charles McTeague, both of Florida; and six grandchildren.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be sent to SS. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church in Easton.

Rev. Harry Amtower

Sociology professor

Services for the Rev. Harry W. Amtower, retired professor of sociology at the University of Baltimore, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Howard K. McComas III Funeral Home in Abingdon.

Mr. Amtower, who was 76 and lived in Towson for many years, died Tuesday at Franklin Square Hospital after a heart attack.

He retired from the university after more than 30 years of service in which he served as chairman of the sociology department, started the criminal justice department, serving as liaison with police departments and the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, and started the gerontology program.

Born in Cumberland, he was a graduate of American University, attended the Union Theological Seminary and held a master's degree in divinity from Drew University and another master's degree from the University of Maryland.

Before World War II, he was ordained as a minister of what is now the United Methodist Church and served churches in West Virginia and then in Magnolia.

During the war, he served with the Marines on Guadalcanal as a Navy chaplain with the rank of lieutenant.

Though he changed to a teaching career after the war, he continued to serve as a minister, filling in during vacations or conducting funerals.

He was fond of vegetable gardening and was a member of the Military Order of the World Wars.

He is survived by his wife, the former Ruth C. Gunther; a son, Carl Thomas Amtower of Gardenville; two brothers, Norman Amtower of Frederick and Arthur Amtower of Kensington; and two granddaughters.

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