John W. Rodgers, a retired Bendix Corp. quality control engineer, died Jan. 13 of heart failure at Manor Care Dulaney nursing home in Towson. The longtime Towson resident was 86.
Mr. Rodgers was born in Baltimore and raised on Plateau Avenue. He was a graduate of city public schools and began his career at Bendix on East Joppa Road in Towson in 1940.
From 1943 to 1946, he served in the Army as a radio repairman with the Signal Corps and in a coastal anti-aircraft unit in Europe. He was discharged with the rank of technical sergeant.
He returned to Bendix and joined the company's communication division. He was manager of the company's instrumentation services group, which in addition to the Towson plant included operations in York, Pa., and McLean, Va.
Mr. Rodgers was also responsible for directing the operation of testing equipment and attesting to its accuracy. Some of the equipment, family members said, was used in tracking stations around the world during the Mercury manned space program.
Mr. Rodgers, whose professional memberships included the American Society of Quality Control, earned an associate's degree in business from Catonsville Community College. He enjoyed television and radio repair and working with electronic devices, family members said.
His wife of 57 years, the former June V. Getzler, died in 2001.
Mr. Rodgers was a member and treasurer for many years of Calvary Baptist Church in Towson, where services were held Thursday.
Surviving are a son, Warren E. Rodgers of Parkville; a daughter, Kathy L. Hoatson of Towson; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.