Robert M. Sutton Sr., electrical engineer, dies

He worked for Westinghouse for more than 30 years

November 19, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Robert Manners Sutton Sr., a retired electrical engineer and Korean War veteran, died Nov. 10 from complications of diabetes at Baltimore Washington Medical Center. The former longtime Severna Park resident was 79.

Mr. Sutton, the son of a banker and a homemaker, was born and raised in Baltimore. After graduating in 1949 from Polytechnic Institute, he earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1953 from the Johns Hopkins University.

He was drafted into the Army, where he served as a microwave transmitter with the Signal Corps. He worked as an electrical engineer for the Westinghouse Electric Corp. from 1955 until retiring in 1988.

In 1964, Mr. Sutton earned a law degree from the old Mount Vernon School of Law, which is now the University of Baltimore Law School.

In addition to fishing, Mr. Sutton, who moved to Glen Burnie several years ago, was an avid boater and crabber and enjoyed working with his computer.

He was a member of Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, 611 Baltimore-Washington Blvd., Severna Park, where a memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Surviving are his wife of 25 years, the former Lorraine Abbott; a son, Robert Manners Sutton Jr. of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; two daughters, Katherine Sutton Holmes of Frederick and Anita Sutton Lee of Fredericksburg, Va.; two sisters, Shirley Watkins of Baltimore and Diana Sutton of Murrells Inlet, S.C.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

His first wife, the former Debbie Jean Mark, died in 1970; a daughter, Jeannine Manners Sutton, died the same year.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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