Daniel Foley Yaw, 76, engineer for jet bombers

May 05, 2002

Daniel Foley Yaw, an electrical engineer whose 40-year career spanned the development of the Vigilante fighter bomber to the B-1 Stealth Bomber, died Thursday of respiratory failure at St. Agnes Hospital. He was 76 and lived in Ellicott City.

Mr. Yaw's work was of a highly classified nature. He retired from Northrop Grumman Corp. in 1994 but continued working as a consultant for the company, family members said.

He began his career in the late 1940s, working for North American Rockwell on the development of the A-5 Vigilante. In 1968, he went to work for A.E.L. in Montgomeryville, Pa. He joined Westinghouse Electric Corp. in Linthicum in 1973. The company is part of Northrop Grumman.

Mr. Yaw was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, where he graduated from high school. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from Ohio State University.

During World War II, he was an engineering officer in the Navy aboard support ships in the Pacific. He was discharged in 1946.

Mr. Yaw enjoyed working on electronic projects in his home workshop. He built a TV set in the early 1950s.

He was a member of Glenmar United Methodist Church, 8430 Glen Mar Road, Ellicott City, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday

Mr. Yaw is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Charlotte Bruestle; two sons, Michael D. Yaw of Arlington, Texas, and David A. Yaw of Allentown, Pa.; a daughter, Kathryn L. Zegowitz of Gaithersburg; a brother, James B. Yaw of Chicago; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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