Gerald A. Deckert, 46, cyclist, electrical engineer at NSA

July 31, 1999|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Gerald A. Deckert, a National Security Agency manager and electrical engineer, died Wednesday of a heart attack at Rocky Gap State Park while participating in the 11th annual Cycle Across Maryland bike tour. He was 46.

The longtime Elkridge resident and cycling enthusiast, who had suffered a massive heart attack six years ago, was participating in his fifth Cycle Across Maryland when stricken.

"He was in extremely good shape and used to do a round-trip Elkridge-Annapolis bike ride each weekend as well as riding in Gunpowder State Park," said his wife of 24 years, the former Barbara E. Huprich.

According to his wife, Mr. Deckert, a diabetic who became a vegetarian, maintained his health by working out and adhering to a fat-free diet.

At the time of his death, he was employed by the NSA and had worked at Fort Meade since 1975.

Born in Las Cruces, N.M., Mr. Deckert was raised in Bellevue, Wash., and attended high school there.

He was a graduate of Guilford Technical Institute in Dorking, England, and earned his engineering degree from Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., in 1975. He also did graduate work at the University of Maryland, College Park.

He had been active with the Boy Scouts and was a philatelist.

A memorial gathering will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the Kaufman Funeral Home, Route 1 and Route 103, Elkridge.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Deckert is survived by a son, Brian A. Deckert, and a daughter, Claire E. Deckert, both at home; his parents, August and Geraldine Deckert of New Windsor; four brothers, Guy Deckert and Grant Deckert, both of New Windsor, Glenn Deckert of Gaithersburg and Greg Deckert of Damascus; two sisters, Gwyn Webb of Damascus and Gail Deckert of Pullman, Wash.; and 18 nieces and nephews.

Library researcher Dee Lyon assisted with this article.

Pub Date: 7/31/99

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