George M. Crocker Jr., 87, electrical engineer

May 03, 2006

George M. Crocker Jr., a retired electrical engineer, died of complications from cancer April 26 at his son's home in Forest Hill. The Ellicott City resident was 87.

Born in Jacksonville, Fla., he served aboard the USS Saugus as a communications electrician during World War II. After the war, he earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, Va., and remained active in alumni circles.

He moved to Maryland and became a Westinghouse engineer in 1952. He worked in design and development of military surveillance and communication systems at Linthicum.

He enjoyed fishing and had been a member of the Sportsmen's Fishing Club at Westinghouse.

His wife of 14 years, the former Jeanette Ewan Furman, died in 1962. His second wife, the former Elaine Laursen, died in 1999 after 34 years of marriage.

Services were held Monday at the Catonsville Presbyterian Church, where he had been an elder, deacon and trustee.

Survivors include a son, Eugene W. Crocker of Forest Hill; four daughters, Alice L. Noland of Beaverdam, Va., Judith A. Fell of Berlin, Janet E. McIntosh of Homestead, Fla., and Susan F. Hanneman of Loveland, Colo.; 16 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. A son, George M. Crocker III, died in 1999.

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