April 28, 2002
A memorial Mass was offered Friday at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Cockeysville for John L. Critcher, a retired engineer and inventor who died Monday of lung cancer at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 73. Mr. Critcher retired in 1990 from manufacturer AAI Corp. in Cockeysville, where he had worked for more than 30 years in its munitions unit. Born in Lynchburg, Va., and raised in East Baltimore, he was a graduate of parochial schools. He also attended the Maryland Institute, College of Art. He served in naval aviation from 1948 until 1956 as a ground crew instructor and an inspector.
March 11, 2005
Elliott J. Muti, a designer and inventor, died of lung disease March 4 at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The Highlandtown resident was 65. Mr. Muti was born and raised in Cosenza, Italy, and graduated from a surveying school. In 1962, he immigrated to Baltimore, and later earned a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Baltimore. Since 1989, he worked as a designer at Whiteman, Requardt & Associates, a Baltimore engineering company. "He held three patents on topographic instruments," said a son, Thomas G. Muti of Perry Hall.
May 12, 2005
Floyd Barnes Jr., a Baltimore inventor who also owned a graphic arts business, died of cancer Saturday at St. Agnes HealthCare. He was 76. Mr. Barnes was born and raised in Portsmouth, Va. After serving for two years in the Army, he studied physics at what is now Morgan State University. He then held a variety of jobs that included working as an electronics mechanic for the Coast Guard and clerk for the U.S. Treasury Department, Social Security Administration and Baltimore post office, leaving in 1971 to become as a full-time inventor.
May 14, 1994
Henry F. Fones, who stormed ashore with the 4th Marine Division at Iwo Jima and Saipan during World War II and went on to make his mark as an inventor, died April 28 of complications from a broken hip at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Baltimore. He was 76.He enlisted in the Marine Corps when he was 16 and received a deferment to attend Georgetown University, where he met Lena Wyatt, a secretary at the university. They were married in 1937. She died in 1984.He received orders to report for duty in the days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and was sent to the South Pacific.
March 8, 1995
Walter Dandy was not a typical kid. On the high school football team, he once scored for the opponent. In college, he was excused from Spanish class, so hapless were his language skills. And then there were the flashes -- an explosion of an idea, fully crystallized.These are the epiphanies of inventor Walter Edward Dandy III of Baltimore, whose grandfather designed the protective baseball helmet and whose forebears created Ellicott City out of 18th-century wilderness.Mr. Dandy's latest innovation is called "Constant-Force Articulated Dynamic Struts," or CADS.
October 16, 2005
Irwin R. Barr, an inventor of military weapons and the co-founder of Hunt Valley-based AAI Corp., died at Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville on Monday of a heart ailment. He was 85. Mr. Barr was born in Newburgh, N.Y., and from 1938 to 1940 attended what is now the Academy of Aeronautics in Newark, N.J. He worked as an engineer for the Glenn L. Martin Co. from 1940 to 1944 and returned to the company in 1946 after serving in the U.S. Army Air Forces. In 1950, he left Glenn L. Martin and helped co-found Aircraft Armaments Inc., now AAI, a Hunt Valley-based company that has more than 2,000 employees and annual sales of more than $350 million.