Seymour J. Ponemone, 85, chemical engineer, veteran

February 10, 2006

Seymour J. Ponemone, a retired chemical engineer who was a volunteer and officer for the annual Baltimore Herb Festival, died of cardiac arrest Thursday at Northwest Hospital Center. The longtime Randallstown resident was 85.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Ponemone served in the Army Air Forces as a navigator on B-17 bombers during World War II. He was shot down over Naples, Italy, captured by Italian soldiers and transferred to the Germans. He was held in prisoner-of-war camps for 21 months, until the end of the war.

He returned to Brooklyn, married Shirley Sparer and, in 1949, earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia.

He worked for defense contractors, including Westinghouse at Linthicum, where he retired about 1983. He was awarded several patents for his work with semiconductors.

A volunteer for 17 years at the annual herb festival held in Leakin Park, he was a former president of the event and at his death was treasurer. His hobbies included gardening, making furniture, photography and astronomy.

Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road in Pikesville.

In addition to his wife of 59 years, survivors include three daughters, Susan G. Boyer of Katy, Texas, Cynthia I. Stephens of Reno, Nev., and Sara Horeff of Severna Park; a son, Scott D. Ponemone of Baltimore; and six grandchildren.

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