Andrew Felix Rekus

[ Age 88 ] BGE chemist enjoyed polka

August 02, 2007

Andrew Felix Rekus, a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric chemist, died of a heart attack July 26 at his son's Odenton home. The former Homeland resident was 88.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Hollins Street, he was a 1937 Loyola High School graduate who earned a chemistry degree at Loyola College.

He worked at Revere Copper and Brass in Southwest Baltimore before serving in the Army Air Forces during World War II. He did research in ordnance at the Dwight Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, and received a commendation for his work.

While attending a St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church social event, he met Philomena Balzano. They married in 1944.

After the war, Mr. Rekus joined BGE and worked in its research department at the Pratt Street power plant. He was a chemist from 1946 until his retirement in 1986. He was a past president of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy.

He enjoyed polka dancing and mixing exotic cocktails for friends, family members said.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Monday at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, where he was a member.

Survivors include two sons, John F. Rekus of Ruxton and Thomas R. Rekus of Odenton; a daughter, R. Deborah Brown of Baltimore; and three grandsons. His wife died in 1999.

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