William Joseph Hewitt, 93, industrial engineer

July 01, 2004

William Joseph Hewitt, a retired industrial engineer who worked on the development of the flamethrower during World War II, died Monday of congestive heart failure at Franklin Square Hospital Center. The Perry Hall resident was 93.

Born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, he worked for Carnegie Illinois Steel Co., Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co. and the Army Chemical Warfare Service in New York during World War II, and was part of a team that developed the flamethrower.

In 1947, he moved to Maryland and became chief of ordnance at Edgewood Arsenal and later earned an engineering degree at the Johns Hopkins University. While at Edgewood, he established a hazardous materials engineering program.

He was a member and officer of Lions Club International and belonged to Toastmasters International, the American Institute of Industrial Engineers and the Forge Heights Improvement Association.

Services will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Schimunek Funeral Home, 9705 Belair Road, Perry Hall.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, the former Sara Ferraro, a retired Baltimore County public schools reading specialist; a son, Thomas William Hewitt of Kingsville; a daughter, Carol Ann Hewitt Baglin of White Marsh; and three grandchildren.

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