Murray Weingarten, engineer, executive
Murray Weingarten, former president and chief executive officer of Bendix Field Engineering Corp., died of complications from a stroke Aug. 23 at Howard County General Hospital.
The longtime Ellicott City resident was 91.
The son of Ellis Weingarten, a baker, and Ethel Gaies Weingarten, a homemaker, Murray Weingarten was born in and raised in New York City. He was a graduate of Morris High School
He served in the Navy during World War II aboard the USS Constellation, which was then docked in Rhode Island.
In 1947, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.
He then worked as a staff engineer at the John F. Rider Laboratories in New York City before moving to Towson in 1948, when he joined the staff of Bendix Corp.
In the engineering department for the former Bendix Radio Division, Mr. Weingarten progressed from liaison engineer to field engineer and chief engineer for overseas operations.
With the formation of Bendix Field Engineering Corp., he was named manager of Space Operations, then vice president of that division, where he oversaw the work of 4,700 engineers, technicians and support personnel working with the Department of Defense, NASA and commercial customers.
Mr. Weingarten joined Bendix’s United Geophysical Corp. in Pasadena, Calif., in 1967 and served as president until 1971. He then moved to the Sagit Corp., a Bendix subsidiary in Sedro-Woolley, Wash.
From 1973 until his retirement in 1989, he was president and chief executive officer of Bendix Field Engineering in Columbia.
He then briefly headed the operations division of MorrisonKnudsen Corp. in Boise, Idaho.
Mr. Weingarten was presented with numerous awards for his work, including the Bendix Distinguished Service Award, the Goodard Space Flight Center Outstanding Service Award, NASA’s Distinguished Public Service Award and the Greater Florida Minority Development Council Chief Executive Officer of the Year Award.
He had served on the board of Blue Shield of Maryland Inc., the Columbia Foundation, Howard County General Hospital and Goucher College.
He was also a member of the advisory board of the Morgan State University School of Business and Management.
In 1986, Mr. Weingarten was a founder of Leadership Howard County and had been volunteer chairman of the Administration Oversight Commission in Howard County for then-County Executive Charles Ecker.
He was a basketball, football, baseball and tennis fan.
He was also a golfer and for years played at Carroll Park in Southwest Baltimore.
Mr. Weingarten enjoyed listening to jazz and musicals, and was an avid traveler.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, the former Shirley Bowersox; a son, Steven Weingarten of Catonsville; a daughter, Betsy Weingarten of Potomac; and two grandchildren.