Mur­ray Wein­garten, en­gi­neer, ex­ec­u­tive

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES - — Fred­er­ick N. Ras­mussen

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.

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