J. Zengerle Jr., retired official for the Army

May 07, 1994|By DeWitt Bliss | DeWitt Bliss,Sun Staff Writer

Joseph C. Zengerle Jr., a retired deputy assistant secretary of the Army and former official at Aberdeen Proving Ground, died Monday of kidney failure at Frederick Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Zengerle, who was 78 and lived in Ijamsville, retired in 1973 from the Pentagon post he had held since 1962. From 1952 until 1962 he served in Washington as executive assistant to the Army's chief of ordnance.

He began his career with the Army in 1942 and spent 10 years at Aberdeen, as an officer during World War II and later as a civilian employee.

He became chief of management at Aberdeen and served as the first chairman of its Human Engineering Laboratory before being transferred to Washington.

In 1978, he was named to the Army Ordnance Hall of Fame.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., He was a graduate of Colgate University and studied at the Polytechnic University in Brooklyn and at the Johns Hopkins University.

He was a former president of the Frederick Lions Club and served on the boards of Hood College, the Homewood Retirement Center and the Frederick YMCA.

For nearly 20 years, he was active with his wife in the Fairfield Real Estate Co. in Frederick.

He is survived by his wife, the former Helen Bennington; two sons, Joseph C. Zengerle III of Bethesda and Jonathan B. Zengerle of Ijamsville; a daughter, Elizabeth Spindola of Hopedale, Mass.; a sister, Muriel Z. Rehm of Charlotte, N.C.; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. today at the Chapelgate Presbyterian Church, 2600 Marriottsville Road in Marriottsville. Another service was held Thursday at the Grove Presbyterian Church in Aberdeen.

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