Russell Thomas Hollings- worth, a retired mechanical engineer who worked in the U.S. space program, died of congestive heart failure Tuesday at University of Maryland Medical Center. The Towson resident was 81.
Born on a farm in Joppa and raised in Baltimore on Allendale Street, he was a 1942 graduate of Polytechnic Institute. His studies at the Johns Hopkins University were interrupted by his service in the Army in Europe.
He was awarded the Bronze Star "for exemplary service in ground fighting." After the war, he earned an engineering degree at Hopkins and entered the Army National Guard. He held the rank of major at his 1968 retirement.
Mr. Hollingsworth was an engineer for the Naval Ordnance Laboratory near Annapolis and in 1960 began a 25-year career at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Goddard Space Flight Center. In 1970 he was sent as a NASA representative to the House Appropriations Committee to monitor expenditure of military funds.
He was a past president of the Institute of Environmental Science and had been active in the American Society for Testing and Materials and the American Society for Nondestructive Testing.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, Preston Street and Maryland Avenue, where he was a communicant.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, the former Helen Rousis; three daughters, Kathy Hollingsworth of Catonsville, Diane Lichtenstein of Athens, Pa., and Trish Roger of Towson; a brother, John Hollingsworth of Hampstead; a sister, Jane Clampett of Catonsville; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.