Donald L. Streckfus, aeronautical engineer

February 02, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Donald L. Streckfus, a retired aeronautical engineer and longtime Columbia resident, died Jan. 19 of complications from an infection at Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center in Richmond, Va.. He was 77.

Born in Baltimore, he was the son of John G. Streckfus, owner of the Industrial Roll Co., and Helen Godwin Streckfus, a homemaker.

Mr. Streckfus was a 1951 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and studied engineering at the Johns Hopkins University.

He began his professional career at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River, designing satellites, aircraft and nuclear power plant simulators.

Mr. Streckfus subsequently worked in the same capacity for the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Fairchild Industries and Singer Link Simulation in Columbia, from which he retired in 1990.

Mr. Streckfus was a classic-car enthusiast and enjoyed fishing and vacationing in Ocean City.

He was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Columbia, and was a Meals on Wheels volunteer.

After retiring, Mr. Streckfus lived in Melbourne, Fla., and Kalispell, Mont., and at the time of his death, was living in Aylett, Va.

Plans for a private gathering were incomplete yesterday.

Surviving are his wife of 25 years, the former Grace Gasch; three daughters, Pamela Holmes of Reisterstown, Amy Goodale of Woodbine and Katherine Streckfus of Ashland, Ore.; two stepdaughters, Denise Haddad of Richmond, Va., and Bonnie Gibney of Largo, Fla.; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and a great-grandson. An earlier marriage to the former Virginia Newman ended in divorce.

An earlier version misstated where Mr. Streckfus died. The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.

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