Robert W. Madden, 74, physicist, adviser to NSA Robert...

November 25, 2001

Robert W. Madden, 74, physicist, adviser to NSA

Robert W. Madden, a retired physicist who lived in Hampstead, died Friday at Carroll County General Hospital of heart failure. He was 74.

Mr. Madden served as a scientific adviser to the National Security Agency at Fort Meade from 1967 until his retirement in 1994. His professional accomplishments included patents in navigation, stable platforms, high-altitude bombing and short-wave antennas. He also published several articles.

He was born in Worcester, Mass., and attended Worcester Academy. After serving in the Navy from 1945 to 1946, Mr. Madden graduated from California Institute of Technology with a bachelor of science degree in 1951. He did post-graduate work at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1957 and 1958.

He also worked as a physicist for IBM in Vestal, N.Y.; as a mathematician for RCA in Burlington, Mass.; and as a staff scientist at the Institute for Defense Analyses in Arlington, Va.

He was an avid fly-fisherman and enjoyed symphonic music. He was a cigar connoisseur, a ham radio operator and a billiards player. At the time of his retirement, he moved from Baltimore to a 161-year-old farmhouse in Hampstead.

In 1967, Mr. Madden married Dr. Inge Renner, who died in 1978. In 1991, he married Davida Garceau, who survives him.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at Eline Funeral Home, 934 S. Main St., Hampstead. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Wesley United Methodist Church, 3239 Carrollton Road, Hampstead.

He is also survived by two daughters, Mary Ann Madden of Baltimore and Madelyn Renee Madden of Hampstead; and a sister, Mary Carr of Shrewsbury, Mass.


Norman Granz, 83, who helped make jazz more accessible to the public and the music business fairer to black performers, died Thursday in Geneva, Switzerland, of complications from cancer.

Mr. Granz owned four labels - Clef, Norgran, Verve and Pablo - and recorded such major jazz names as Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker and Oscar Peterson.

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