Alan J. Streb, 73, Department of Energy official

November 07, 2005

Alan J. Streb, a retired deputy assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy and an expert on renewable energy, died Tuesday at a Towson hospice of complications from Parkinson's disease. He was 73 and lived in Glen Arm.

A Baltimore native, Mr. Streb graduated from Loyola High School in 1950 and from the Johns Hopkins University in 1954. He received a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Drexel University in 1960, and was employed by the old Glenn L. Martin Co., where he researched propulsion and energy conversion systems. His work involved creating thermoelectric generators to be used in early space and satellite nuclear power systems.

Mr. Streb worked for several other companies before joining the federal agency in 1977, and in 1984 he was named deputy assistant secretary for conservation and renewable energy. After his retirement in 1995, Mr. Streb continued to research renewable energy and the environment.

FOR THE RECORD - Alan J. Streb: An obituary in yesterday's editions for Alan J. Streb omitted the name of a surviving son, Christopher Streb of Baltimore. The Sun regrets the error.

Mr. Streb focused on thermoelectricity - the conversion of heat to electricity - and held many patents and awards for his work.

"He was one of the people who started thinking about renewable energy before it became a hot issue," said his son David Streb of Baldwin.

Mr. Streb was active in the Boy Scouts of America, and served as treasurer and president of Summerfield Farms Community Association. He also enjoyed sailing, auto restoration and golf.

A memorial Mass was offered Saturday.

Also surviving are his wife of 49 years, the former Dorothy Ann Forestell; another son, John Streb of San Diego; a daughter, Marla Streb of Los Osos, Calif.; a sister, Annette Scagnetti of Boston; and four grandchildren.

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