Albert E. Hammel, 80, engineerAlbert E. Hammel, an...

September 09, 1996

Albert E. Hammel, 80, engineer

Albert E. Hammel, an engineer who worked on advanced radar systems before retiring, died at his home Friday. He was 80 and had cancer.

A resident of Towson for 40 years, Mr. Hammel moved last month to Oak Crest Village Retirement Community in Parkville.

For 30 years, he was an engineer at Bendix Communications in Towson, where he was involved in the design and analysis of phased-array radar systems for the Air Force.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Hammel earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in 1940 and did graduate work at Hopkins and the University of Maryland.

After retiring from Bendix in 1981, Mr. Hammel volunteered at St. Vincent's Center and Villa Maria in Cockeysville, and at St. Veronica's Head Start program in Cherry Hill.

In April, he became the first lay person honored at Villa Maria by having a room named after him. In January 1990, he and his wife, the former Catherine Poffel, received a distinguished service award from Associated Catholic Charities for their work at Villa Maria and in resettling refugees.

In 1986, Mr. Hammel volunteered to do an analysis for Baltimore County, with a goal of saving energy and reducing costs. He spent about 28 hours a week for two months collecting data, then many more hours to detail energy use in county buildings. An official told The Evening Sun at the time that a paid consultant would have cost the county $40 an hour.

Mr. Hammel was a parishioner at the Roman Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception in Towson for 40 years. In addition to his wife of 44 years, Mr. Hammel is survived by a son, Thomas E. Hammel of Phoenix; a daughter, Gloria Jean Hammel of Baltimore; and three granddaughters.

A funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Church.

Henry 'Bud' Oheim Sr., 79, Navy veteran, engineer

Henry V. "Bud" Oheim Sr., a retired lieutenant commander in the Navy and a former state highway engineer, died Friday of cancer at Quincy United Methodist Home in Quincy, Pa., where he moved last year. He was 79.

A native of Baltimore, Mr. Oheim graduated from Polytechnic Institute and was a member of the Naval Academy's Class of 1940. He served during World War II in the Pacific Ocean aboard the USS Pathfinder and saw 34 years of active and reserve duty.

In 1950, he married Virginia Krauter. Mr. Oheim worked for about 20 years as a highway engineer for the state of Maryland and retired in 1976. The couple moved in 1986 to Waynesboro, Pa.

Services will be today at Grove Funeral Home in Waynesboro.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Oheim is survived by a daughter, Virginia B. Oheim of California; a son, H. Vernon Oheim of Plympton, Mass., and a sister, Ruth E. Auld of New York.

Pub Date: 9/09/96

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