D. Richard Tarallo, 94

Former Martin Marietta Corp. aerospace engineer

April 20, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

D. Richard Tarallo, a retired Martin Marietta Corp. aerospace engineer who was a Navy aviator during World War II, died Saturday on his 94th birthday of complications from a stroke at St. Joseph Medical Center.

A resident of the Mercy Ridge retirement community in Lutherville since 2005, Mr. Tarallo lived for many years on Hickory Lot Road in Towson.

Born and raised in New York City, the son of immigrants from Naples, Mr. Tarallo was educated in city public schools.

Mr. Tarallo held degrees in mechanical engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., and aerospace engineering from Brooklyn Polytechnic in Brooklyn, N.Y.

He began his career working for the old Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River. Before World War II, he earned his pilot's license.

Mr. Tarallo enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and flew TBF Avenger bombers in the Mediterranean, India, Australia and New Guinea, before being discharged at the war's end in 1945.

He moved to Baltimore in 1951 and worked for the Koppers Co. and Crown Cork & Seal Co. before joining Martin Marietta Corp., from which he retired in 1990.

"One of the programs he worked on was the Apollo space program," said his daughter, Mary Jo Tarallo of Washington.

Mr. Tarallo was an accomplished carver of decoys and enjoyed traveling and spending summers at a second home in Ocean City.

He was a member of the Appian Way, a Baltimore Italian cultural organization.

His wife of 60 years, the former Helen Herman, died in 2006.

Mr. Tarallo was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues, Towson, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday.

There are no other survivors.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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