William L. Mitchell, 65, radar specialist, engineer


May 05, 2006

William Lavaughn Mitchell, a radar specialist and engineer at Northrop Grumman Corp.'s Linthicum facility, died Saturday of complications from heart surgery at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 65.

Born and raised in French Camp, Miss., Mr. Mitchell began his career in 1959 with Westinghouse in Crystal Springs, Miss. He later earned his General Educational Development diploma and was trained in electrical engineering.

He was working for Westinghouse in Spain when he met and married Agneta Lagerberg, a native of Sweden and an industrial engineer, in 1964. The couple lived in Bremerton, Wash., before they were sent to Iran by the company in the 1970s. They left Iran in 1979, shortly before the fall of the shah.

"We lived in Tehran for a number of years until we were abruptly evacuated in December of 1978," said Karin M. Dodge, a daughter in Gambrills.

Settling in Randallstown and later moving to Woodstock, Baltimore County, Mr. Mitchell worked as a senior logistician at the Westinghouse facility in Linthicum that was later taken over by Northrop Grumman. "He worked on many radar projects for the military," Mrs. Dodge said.

Mr. Mitchell and his wife, who worked for the Roper Corp. and died in 2003, were active in the Swedish-American Society. He was also a Mason and a Shriner.

No funeral is planned.

Also surviving are a son, Soren L. Mitchell of Fairbanks, Alaska; and a brother and sister, William Nathan Mitchell Jr. and Frances McCrory, both of McCool, Miss.

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