Albert Thomas Beal, 85, Glenn L. Martin engineer

October 15, 2004

Albert Thomas Beal, a retired Navy systems command supervisor and former Glenn L. Martin Co. engineer, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Tuesday at Oak Crest Village, where he moved six years ago. The former Annapolis resident was 85.

Born in Baltimore and raised in the city and Catonsville, he attended Patterson Park High School.

He worked at the old Stephen Seth Co., an automotive repair business on Park Avenue, and joined the Glenn L. Martin Co. before serving briefly in the Navy during World War II.

Returning to Martin, he handled numerous supervisory and engineering assignments for Navy aircraft. He was part of the flight test team on the Gorgon IV missile at Point Mugu, Calif.

In the 1960s, he moved to Annapolis and began a 30-year career with the Department of Defense Naval Air Systems Command in Washington. He oversaw Navy aircraft contractors. He retired in 1996.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today in the chapel at Oak Crest, 8801 Walther Blvd.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Helen M. Seth, and a brother, Walter J. Beal Sr. of Jarrettsville.

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