Howard Wilson `Will' Lochte, 73, chemical engineer

October 28, 2005

Howard Wilson "Will" Lochte, a retired chemical engineer who had worked for the National Aeronautical and Space Administration, died of prostate cancer Saturday at his Towson home. He was 73.

Born in Syracuse, N.Y., he moved to Baltimore with his family in 1943.

He was a 1950 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School and earned a bachelor's degree in 1954 from Loyola College. He earned a master's degree in chemical engineering in 1958 from the Johns Hopkins University and a master's in physics from Drexel University in Philadelphia in 1962.

Mr. Lochte began working in the late 1950s at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River and became senior engineer in the research department. He later worked at the company's laboratories in Relay, where he conducted tests to determine photochemical and thermal decomposition characteristics of explosives and oxidizers.

In 1970, Mr. Lochte became a quality control engineer at Western Electric Corp.'s Point Breeze plant. After the plant closed in 1984, he worked two years for Martin-Marietta Corp. and then took a position at Westinghouse Electric Corp. Material Acquisition Center in procurement quality control.

From 1988 until retiring in 1996, he worked at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, and conducted quality assurance tests on several spacecraft.

He was a communicant of Immaculate Heart of Mary in Baynesville, where a funeral Mass was offered Tuesday.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, the former Carole Wagner; three sons, Michael W. Lochte of Baldwin, Matthew Lochte of Washington and Jeffrey Lochte of Glen Arm; a daughter, Lynne Lochte of Sparks; two brothers, Albert Lochte of Mount Airy and Richard Lochte of Towson; a sister, Elizabeth Rosenthal-Lochte of Mount Airy; and six grandchildren.

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