Patrick J. Kelly Jr., 57, computer analyst, sci-fi fan

January 30, 2004

Patrick Joseph Kelly Jr., a retired computer analyst and active science fiction fan, died Tuesday of a heart attack at his Lutherville home. He was 57.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Wickham Road, he was a 1964 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School. He earned an associate's degree from the former Baltimore Junior College, where he ran a science fiction radio show. He studied at what is now Towson University and earned a Naval War College degree.

He founded a printing business, Kelly Associates, in East Baltimore before joining the Social Security Administration in Woodlawn as a mail clerk. About 30 years ago, he became a Department of Defense employee and was a computer systems analyst at the Pentagon when he retired in 2001.

"He was proud working with the early Arpanet, the predecessor of the Internet," said his wife of nearly 23 years, the former Miriam Winder, a former city Department of Public Works engineer.

For 37 years, Mr. Kelly had been a member of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. He was chairman of several of its regional Balticon conventions, and organized science programming at several of them. He ran a Star Trek convention in Richmond, Va., and a Launch Con Apollo-Soyuz science fiction fan gathering in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

He recently approached faculty members at Polytechnic Institute to help set up and run a science fiction club there.

A space exploration advocate, Mr. Kelly wrote often to congressmen and editors to back funding for programs. He was a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the National Space Society.

Services will be held at noon today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road in Pikesville. Additionally, a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 1 p.m. tomorrow at St. Joseph Passionist Monastery Church, Old Frederick Road and Monastery Avenue.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Alexandra and Laurel Kelly, both of Lutherville; two brothers, Francis Kelly of Bowie and Thomas Kelly of Santa Ana, Calif.; and a sister, Elizabeth Ann Dang, also of Santa Ana.

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