Charles F. Barbour Sr., 94, aerospace engineer

January 24, 2003

Charles Francis Barbour Sr., a retired aerospace engineer, died of pneumonia Monday at the Masonic Home of New Jersey in Burlington. The former Fallston resident was 94.

From 1948 to 1966, he was an engineer in the aerospace division of what is now Lockheed Martin and was formerly the Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River. Family members said he helped create the training simulator for the Apollo space missions. He later worked for Boeing in Morton, Pa., and retired more than 30 years ago.

Born on a family farm in Somerset County, Pa., he was raised in New Jersey and studied engineering at Drexel University.

Active in Scouting, he formerly led Troop 397 in Fallston and Troop 801 in northern Baltimore County. In the early 1950s, he helped organize the Harford County Little League.

A funeral Mass was offered yesterday at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in New Freedom, Pa.

His wife of 60 years, the former Gertrude A. Hassler, died in 1997. A son, Charles F. Barbour Jr., died in 1989; and a daughter, Gertrude A. Kidd, died in 2001.

Survivors include a son, John J. Barbour of Martinez, Ga.; two daughters, Sarah B. Myers of Fallston and Veronica E. Birmingham of Landenberg, Pa.; a brother, David Barbour of Scranton, Pa.; two sisters, Katherine Haulenbeek of Maple Shade, N.J., and Sarah Cramer of Moorestown, N.J.; 16 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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