Reginald E. Quilter, 80, research engineer

September 16, 2004

Reginald E. Quilter, a retired National Institutes of Health research engineer, died of a heart attack Sept. 9 at his home in Arnold's Pines-on-the-Severn community. He was 80.

Born in Toronto, he moved with his family to England in 1934 and served in the Royal Navy during World War II. In 1948, he returned to Canada and did research at McGill University in Montreal and at the National Research Council in Ottawa. He earned an electrical engineering degree from the Johns Hopkins University.

In 1961, he joined the National Institutes of Health in Baltimore at the old Baltimore City Hospitals' Gerontology Research Center - now part of the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Before retiring from Hopkins Bayview in 1995, he designed and made laboratory equipment and ran experiments on human aging.

A table tennis player, Mr. Quilter won numerous medals in the Maryland Senior Olympics. He was an active member of Anne Arundel's Arnold and South County senior centers. He was also a former member of the Baltimore Cricket Club and the Hopkins Club. He enjoyed travel, reading and gardening.

A memorial will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Arnold Senior Center, 44 Church Road.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, the former Helen Mitchell; two sons, David Terrington Quilter of Ocean City and Robert Mitchell Quilter of Baltimore; a twin sister, Margaret Thomas of Sydney, Australia; and two grandchildren.

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