Francis Ichniowski, 67, information systems chief

November 23, 2003

Francis C.J. Ichniowski, retired chief of information systems for the management division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, died of pulmonary fibrosis Nov. 16 at Howard County General Hospital. He was 67 and lived in Ellicott City.

Mr. Ichniowski was born in Baltimore and reared in Highlandtown. He was a 1954 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in 1957. He earned a master's degree in operations research from George Washington University in 1964.

He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve as an intelligence instructor from 1953 to 1963.

During the early 1960s, he worked at Westinghouse Electric Corp.'s Linthicum facility and later for the Social Security Administration at its Woodlawn headquarters. Before going to work in 1987 for the Department of Transportation in Washington as chief of information systems for the department's management division, he had been with what was then known as the U.S. Health Care Financing Administration. He retired in 1996.

Mr. Ichniowski was a 46-year member of the Knights of Columbus and was a member of Alcala No. 16 Chapter of the International Order of the Alhambra. As president of the Glenelg High School Boosters from 1977 to 1989, he succeeded in raising thousands of dollars, which helped subsidize many of the school's extracurricular activities.

Mr. Ichniowski was a longtime communicant and head usher for nearly 20 years at St. Louis Roman Catholic Church in Clarksville, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Thursday.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, the former Geraldine Scelsi; a son, Scott F. Ichniowski of Ellicott City; three daughters, Michele L. Kratzmeier of Glenelg, Jacqueline A. Ichniowski of Glenwood and Paula R. Ichniowski of Gaithersburg; two brothers, Robert Ichniowski of Hickory and Gerard Ichniowski of Forest Hill; two sisters, Mary Jane Nowakowski of Westminster and Lee DeSimone of White Marsh; and four grandchildren.

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