Daniel J. Eisenstadt, 74, electrical engineer

July 04, 2002

Daniel J. Eisenstadt, an electrical engineer and Navy veteran of World War II, died of cancer Friday at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center & Hospital. The Pikesville resident was 74.

He worked nearly 35 years at Airpax Electronics, designing test equipment for circuit breakers, until his retirement in 1989.

Mr. Eisenstadt enlisted in the Navy soon after graduating from Polytechnic Institute and trained in electronics at the Great Lakes Naval Base.

At his discharge in 1948, he enrolled at the University of Maryland, College Park, graduating with a degree in philosophy.

"But, he got right back to electronics," said his wife of 13 years, Catherine Scott. "He was always drawn to electronics. It was a lifelong hobby."

Mr. Eisenstadt began his career with Bendix Corp. in Towson, and the company soon sent him to Alaska to work on radar equipment for the Army.

He joined Airpax in 1953. During a stint in the company's Florida office, he met Ms. Scott through a cycling club.

"He got me off my three-speed and onto a 10-speed, and we just took off," she said. "This was a man who truly had fun every day of his life."

An avid cyclist for most of his life, Mr. Eisenstadt was injured during the 1989 Senior Olympics tour. The fall left him partially paralyzed.

He also enjoyed bluegrass music and blacksmithing. He maintained a forge in the garage of his home and made fireplace equipment.

A burial service is at 2 p.m. Friday at Garrison Veterans Cemetery. A memorial service is set for 2 p.m. July 10 at Levindale Synagogue on Belvedere Avenue.

In addition to Ms. Scott, he is survived by a sister, Diana Baumann of Pikesville. His previous marriage to the former Joanne Dennis ended in divorce.

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