Robert L. Zouck Sr., 85, aeronautical engineer

September 03, 2005

Robert Linsley Zouck Sr., a competitive sailor and retired aeronautical engineer, died of lung cancer Monday at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. The Piney Point resident was 85.

Born in Orange, N.J., he attended Cornell University before moving with his family to Baltimore in the late 1930s. He then entered the Johns Hopkins University, where his studies were interrupted by his service in the Army Air Forces during World War II. After the war, he earned a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering at Hopkins.

He was a Glenn L. Martin Co. engineer in Middle River, but left to become an early employee of AAI Corp. in Cockeysville. When he left the business in 1970, he was general manager of the AAI Industrial Division.

Mr. Zouck, a certified professional engineer, was past vice chairman of the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences and belonged to many professional groups.

He and his wife, the former Anne Johnston, whom he married in 1942, left Baltimore in 1970 aboard their boat, Doxy, to cruise the Caribbean. They lived aboard it for two years and sailed throughout the Caribbean and in the waters off South America. The couple eventually settled in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where they built a home.

Mr. Zouck sailed competitively for 30 years. He twice competed in an Annapolis-to-Newport, R.I., race and was voted 1972 Skipper of the Year by the Virgin Islands Yacht Club, where he was a member.

Mrs. Zouck died in 1994, and Mr. Zouck moved to the St. Mary's County waterfront a few years ago.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 17 at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 1401 Carrolton Avenue, Ruxton.

Survivors include a son, Robert Linsley Zouck Jr. of Cockeysville; two daughters, Anne Zouck Perry of Timonium and Cynthia Zouck Williams of Piney Point; a brother, George Hauer Zouck of Silver Spring; and six grandchildren. A daughter, Martha Johnston Zouck, died in 1963.

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