Clifford B. Hyatt, 92

FAA electronics manager

December 22, 2007

Clifford Boyer Hyatt, a retired electronics manager for the Federal Aviation Administration at BWI Airport, died of congestive heart failure Dec. 15 at Anne Arundel Medical Center. He was 92 and lived in West Severna Park.

Born in Damascus, Montgomery County, he was a 1933 graduate of Damascus High School.

Trained as a radio operator, he served in the Coast Guard from 1935 to 1938 and was stationed in New London, Conn. He later worked as a radio operator at airports, including as an airport manager and radio technician in Nenana, Alaska.

Until he retired in 1973, Mr. Hyatt was chief electronics manager for the Federal Aviation Administration at Friendship Airport, now Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

He was a member of Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park, the Amateur Radio Relay League and the Anne Arundel Radio Club in Davidsonville. He used the call signal W31VM.

Mr. Hyatt was a member of the Severna Park Elks Lodge. He also owned an Airstream trailer and traveled to Alaska, Montana, Idaho and New Mexico. He was a member of Middle Atlantic Unit of the Wally Byam Caravan Club and the Good Sam Trailer Club.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, the former Geraldine VanSant; two sons, James C. Hyatt of Walkersville and Gregory B. Hyatt of Pasadena; a daughter, Barbara Lou Hyatt of Crofton; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Services were held Thursday in Mount Airy.

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