Donald E. Roberts, 77, field engineer, traveler

December 30, 2003

Donald E. Roberts, a retired International Business Machine field engineer and avid world traveler, died of Lewy body disease, a dementia-related condition, Dec. 23 at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. The Towson resident was 77.

Mr. Roberts was born and raised in Easton, Pa., where he also attended Lafayette College. A radar specialist, he served in the Navy from 1945 to 1946, and was recalled to active duty during the Korean War.

Mr. Roberts began his career in the 1950s with IBM in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He later held various positions with the company in Europe and Silver Spring. The former Annapolis resident retired in 1987 as a field engineer.

An enthusiastic world traveler, Mr. Roberts enjoyed scuba diving in the Indian Ocean, diving on Australia's Great Barrier Reef and exploring European lakes. He had traveled to Katmandu, visited Morocco and was a member of a camera safari in Kenya.

Mr. Roberts also enjoyed playing bridge.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 10 at Towson Presbyterian Church, Chesapeake and Highland avenues.

Mr. Roberts is survived by his wife of 10 years, the former Doris Roberts Entwisle; a son, David Roberts of Carlsbad, Calif.; three daughters, Leslie Zimmerman of Gaithersburg, Christianne Pelton of Midland, Mich., and Stacey Porro of Arlington, Va.; a stepson, G. Henry Entwisle of Baltimore; two stepdaughters, Barbara Bollen of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Dr. B.J. Entwisle of Concord, N.H.; a brother, Richard Roberts of San Diego; 10 grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren. His wife of 40 years, the former Mary Chapin Huntington, died in 1992.

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