George I. Nielsen, 79

Aeronautical engineer and Navy pilot

February 13, 2007

George I. Nielsen, a retired aeronautical engineer, died of neurological disease Feb. 6 at his Bel Air home. He was 79.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he earned a degree in aeronautical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and was a Navy flyer from 1947 until 1950. He remained in the Naval Reserves until 1987 and attained the rank of captain.

He moved to Rosedale in 1955 when he was hired by the old Glenn L. Martin Co. and worked on the Matador missile program and the Gemini and Apollo space programs. In 1967, he joined the Army's Ballistics Research Laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground. He retired in 1993 after working on the Apache and Comanche helicopter development projects.

He solved crossword puzzles and enjoyed gardening, woodworking and reading.

A Mass was offered Friday at St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church in Hickory, where he was a member.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, the former Elizabeth L. Schlegel; two sons, Timothy P. Nielsen of Bel Air and J. Mark Nielsen of Newtown, Pa.; two daughters, Carol N. Powell of Bel Air and Mary Katherine "Katie" King of Elkridge; two brothers, Edmund H. Nielsen of Macon, Ga., and Harold C. Nielsen of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and eight grandchildren.

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