Kenneth Howard Jr., 74, electrical engineer

August 06, 2006

Kenneth M. Howard Jr., a retired electrical engineer who worked in space exploration, died of heart disease Thursday at his West Friendship home. He was 74.

Born in Glenelg, he was a 1947 graduate of Mount St. Joseph's High School and received bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park. He served in the Air Force.

He was a longtime employee of EG&G Challenger Research in Rockville and worked under contracts with the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and Goddard Space Flight Center.

Family members said he worked on the Pegasus II, a high-altitude balloon project, among other projects.

In his free time, Mr. Howard restored a classic Austin Healey 100 BN and owned several vintage Corvettes. He also maintained the grounds at his 5-acre home, which he helped build.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, 3755 St. Paul St., Ellicott City.

Survivors include his wife of 25 years, the former Joan M. Sheets; a son, Gregory J. Howard of St. Petersburg, Fla.; two daughters, Kimberly M. Plaskowitz of Columbia and Karen R. Eby of Catonsville; and a grandson.

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