Philip Real, 80, veteran, mathematician, volunteer

July 10, 2005

Philip Real, a retired mathematician who had developed radar systems for Westinghouse Electric Corp., died of lung disease Monday at his Lochearn home. He was 80.

Mr. Real was born and raised in Philadelphia, the son of Russian immigrant parents, and graduated in 1943 from Overbrook High School. During World War II, he served as an infantryman in Gen. George S. Patton Jr.'s 3rd Army and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

After the war, he returned to Philadelphia and attended Temple University on the G.I. Bill, earning a bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1951. In 1959, he earned a master's degree in math from the University of Maryland, College Park and did additional graduate work at Harvard University.

He moved to Baltimore in 1951, when he took a job at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River working on air defense systems. From 1960 to 1962, he worked in Chicago in the trans-digital systems division of Cook Electric Co.

A numerical analyst and digital computer design expert, Mr. Real joined Westinghouse Electric Corp.'s Linthicum facility in 1962 and worked as a senior systems analyst. The focus of his work ranged from developing computer programs to radar systems.

He also wrote widely on mathematical and engineering subjects for technical publications.

After retiring in 1987, he volunteered, teaching English to Russian immigrants and teaching computer skills to homebound senior citizens.

Mr. Real enjoyed studying languages and was fluent in French, Italian and Arabic. He was an avid sailor and bridge player.

He was married for 44 years to the former Shirley A. Raynes, a psychologist, who died in 1995.

Services are private.

Mr. Real is survived by a daughter, Jocelyn L. Real of Berkeley, Calif.; a granddaughter; and two nephews.

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