H. Blake Werner, 85, aerospace engineer

July 16, 2002

H. Blake Werner, a retired aerospace engineer who had worked at Aberdeen Proving Ground, died of congestive heart failure Saturday at his Columbia, S.C., home. He was 85.

Mr. Werner was born in Baltimore and raised on Calvert Street. After graduating from Polytechnic Institute in 1936, he went to work as a draftsman for Koppers Co. in Baltimore.

In 1938, he became an ordnance technician at Aberdeen Proving Ground. During World War II, he served in the Navy.

After earning his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, he returned to Aberdeen Proving Ground in 1950.

Mr. Werner later worked at White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico, and Curtiss-Wright Corp. in New Jersey. While on the staff of Bell Aerosystems Corp. in Buffalo, N.Y., he was assigned to the Apollo space project. He retired in 1982.

He enjoyed sailing on the Chesapeake Bay, the Great Lakes and along the Atlantic Coast.

Services will be held tomorrow at St. David's Episcopal Church in Columbia, S.C.

Mr. Werner is survived by his wife of 63 years, the former Margaret M. Tolley; two sons, H. Blake Werner of Newfield, N.Y., and the Rev. Mark T. Werner of Columbia, S.C.; a daughter, Nancy W. Craig of Orchard Park, N.Y.; a brother, Louis Werner of Princess Anne; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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