Robert Makof­ski

AERO­NAU­TI­CAL EN­GI­NEER

The Washington Post Sunday - - OBITUARIES - — Matt Schudel

Robert Makof­ski, 81, an aero­nau­ti­cal en­gi­neer who held sev­eral ad­min­is­tra­tive po­si­tions at the Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity Ap­plied Physics Lab­o­ra­tory in Lau­rel, died Dec. 25 of can­cer at a hospi­tal in Rock­port, Maine.

His wife, Cathy L. Makof­ski, con­firmed the death.

Mr. Makof­ski joined the Hop­kins lab­o­ra­tory in 1957 and worked on de­sign­ing hy­per­sonic wind tun­nels. He later be­came as­sis­tant di­rec­tor for devel­op­ment and as­sis­tant di­rec­tor for lab­o­ra­tory op­er­a­tions be­fore re­tir­ing in 1997.

He served on a trans­porta­tion re­search board of the Na­tional Academy of Sciences and on trans­porta­tion com­mit­tees for the old Con­gres­sional Of­fice of Tech­nol­ogy As­sess­ment. He also was a vis­it­ing pro­fes­sor at Johns Hop­kins’s main cam­pus in Baltimore and was af­fil­i­ated with the univer­sity’s Cen­ter for Met­ro­pol­i­tan Plan­ning and Re­search in the 1970s.

Robert An­thony Makof­ski was a na­tive of Wanamie, Pa., and a 1952 aero­nau­ti­cal en­gi­neer­ing grad­u­ate of Penn­syl­va­nia State Univer­sity. He re­ceived a master’s de­gree in aero­nau­ti­cal en­gi­neer­ing from the Univer­sity of Vir­ginia in 1956.

Be­fore mov­ing to Cam­den, Maine, in 2004, Mr. Makof­ski lived in Columbia. He was a former board chair­man of Howard County Gen­eral Hospi­tal.

His first mar­riage, to Lil­lian Za­pora, ended in di­vorce.

Sur­vivors in­clude his wife since 1993, Cathy Lick­teig Makof­ski of Cam­den; three chil­dren from his first mar­riage, Richard Makof­ski of Waller, Tex., David Makof­ski of Elkridge, Md., and Kath­leen Mox­ley of El­li­cott City; two stepchil­dren, Alex Gold­stein of Phoenix and Anna Black of St. Leonard, Md.; a sis­ter; and four grand­daugh­ters.

A son from his first mar­riage, Stephen Makof­ski, died in 2008.

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