James J. Kotmair, 62

Systems analyst

February 15, 2007

James J. Kotmair, a retired Lockheed Martin Corp. systems analyst, died Saturday of pneumonia related to Lou Gehrig's disease at his Village of Cross Keys home. The former Roland Park resident was 62.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Ostend Street, he was a 1963 Calvert Hall College High School graduate who earned a bachelor's degree in history at what is now Towson University. He served in the Army in an intelligence unit in Vietnam for three years. He later served in the Maryland National Guard and attained the rank of sergeant.

Before joining Lockheed Martin in 2003, he had worked at the Baltimore metro office of the National Alliance of Business and at EG&G, a Crystal City, Va., defense contractor.

Mr. Kotmair was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in early 2004. He led several fundraisers for the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins Hospital. A September event held at Goucher College raised more than $25,000.

Mr. Kotmair enjoyed family camping trips. He was also a writer and artist, and in the late stages of his life he developed a technique for painting after he lost the use of his limbs.

No services are planned.

Survivors include his wife of 29 years, the former Ann King, a gymnastics teacher; a son, Jamie Kotmair of Norfolk, Va.; two daughters, Alisa Kotmair of Berlin, Germany, and Jillian Kotmair of Baltimore; two sisters, Sister Rita Mairlene of Monroe, N.Y., and Joan Ziegler of Eldersburg; and a granddaughter.

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