Francis Feldman, 55, government price analyst

June 13, 1999|By Sheridan Lyons

Francis J. "Frank" Feldmann Jr., a price analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense who enjoyed freight trains and fast cars, died Wednesday at Johns Hopkins Hospital where he was being treated for a neurological disorder. He was 55 and lived for most of his life in the family home in Stoneleigh.

Beginning in 1982, Mr. Feldmann worked as a civilian in Towson for the Defense Department as a price analyst in technical assessments with the Defense Contract Management Command.

He was a 1961 graduate of Loyola High School and earned his bachelor's degree in accounting at Loyola College in 1966. A certified public accountant, he worked about eight years for a Baltimore firm. Starting in 1974, he held accounting positions with the Health Care Finance Administration, Social Security Administration and other federal agencies.

Mr. Feldmann had a lifelong enthusiasm for model and freight trains. He spent many weekend mornings with friends watching trains in the freight yards and traveled often to Colorado to enjoy its mountain railroads.

In Ocean City, he would window-shop for new car models or watch the fishing boats and dredges. He restored a 1936 Ford.

He was a car and motorcycle racing fan -- traveling each year to Daytona Beach, Fla., to watch races. He enjoyed reading and crossword puzzles.

He became a self-taught "computer whiz," said a sister, Jane Feldmann Cook of Towson, and helped friends set up systems. Recently he became interested in watercolor landscapes.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Pius X Church in the 6400 block of York Road.

In addition to Mrs. Cook, he is survived by a brother, Jonathan Francis Feldmann, of Reisterstown; two sisters, Susan E. Thompson of Towson, and Mary Eleanor F. Roberts of Alexandria, Va.; an uncle and several nieces and nephews.

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