Martin L. Jones, 92, electronics defense worker

April 15, 2004

Martin L. Jones, a retired electronics defense worker and former radio station chief engineer, died April 8 of complications from cancer at Rock Glen Nursing Home in Catonsville. The Ellicott City resident was 92.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Walbrook, he was a 1930 graduate of Forest Park High School and attended the Johns Hopkins University.

Interested in electronics at an early age, he tinkered in his basement and made a working microphone from a Hershey metallic candy wrapper and a magnet. After enlisting in the Navy Reserves in 1929, he became an engineer in 1931 for WCAO Radio. He was named its chief engineer two years later.

Mr. Jones worked at the station until 1956, when he became an electrical engineer for Westinghouse Electric Co. He held several classified patents. He retired in 1974.

He was a member of two tenpin bowling leagues.

Services were held Friday.

Survivors include his wife of 22 years, the former Miriam Cavanaugh; a son, Richard M. Jones of Halethorpe; a stepson, Glenn R. Cavanaugh of Arbutus; and a brother, Robert Jones of Idlewylde. His wife of 44 years, the former Mary V. Coleman, died in 1978.

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