By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun
4:17 PM EDT, April 17, 2013
Eugene "Gene" F. Kolb, a retired Bendix/Allied Signal mechanical engineer, died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center on April 12 of complications from a head injury related to a fall at his house. The Kingsville resident was 84.
He was born in St. Charles, Mo., and was a 1947 graduate of St. Charles High School. He earned a mechanical engineering degree from the Missouri School of Mines.
He served in the Army for two years in the early 1950s and moved to Maryland to take a job at the Bendix Joppa Road plant in Towson. He was a mechanical engineer and worked at the same plant for nearly 40 years.
At Bendix, he was the lead mechanical engineer on two major projects that occupied 15 years of research and development.
His first project was a satellite tracking system. The device contained 10,000 elements and stood about seven stories high when built at the Eglin Air Force base in Florida, said his son, Paul W. Kolb of Columbia.
He also led work on a radar system that tracked aircraft as they landed and took off. The system was used in Argentina, Honduras, Canada, Iran, and Valdez, Alaska.
Mr. Kolb also worked on a Patriot missile radar fuse.
As a young man, Mr. Kolb enjoyed snow and water skiing. He was an auto enthusiast and had a 1956 Corvette. He enjoyed classic big-band music.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 12022 Jerusalem Road in Kingsville, where he had served as an elder.
In addition to his son, survivors include his wife of nearly 54 years, the former Eunice I. Drinkwitz, a retired registered nurse; two other sons, John F. Kolb of Centreville, Va., and Thomas W. Kolb of Apex, N.C.; and five grandchildren.
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