Richard Conrad "Rick" Hrybyk

Richard Conrad "Rick" Hrybyk ( / June 24, 2011)

Richard C. "Rick" Hrybyk, a Northrop Grumman electrical engineer and a triathlete, died Friday of a heart attack at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The lifelong Linthicum resident was 55.

The son of the late William L. Hrybyk, a Westinghouse Electric Corp. electrical engineer, and Catherine Hrybyk, a retired educator, Richard Conrad Hrybyk was born in Baltimore and raised in Linthicum.

After graduating in 1976 from Andover High School, he earned a bachelor's degree in 1981 from the University of Maryland, College Park and a master's degree in 1989 from what is now Loyola University Maryland.

He spent his entire career, beginning in 1981, working as an electrical engineer at Northrop Grumman's Linthicum facility. He received recognition and held patents for his work with F-16 fighter aircraft radar systems.

A triathlete, cyclist and swimmer, Mr. Hrybyk had competed for the past decade in the 4.4-mile Great Chesapeake Bay Swim, and the Savageman Triathalon, Dewey Beach Sprint Triathalon, Civil War Century and Seagull Century 100-mile bike rides.

He was a member and coach of the TriHarder Triathalon Club of Baltimore, and several other cycling and swimming groups, family members said. He also coached his son's Linthicum Ferndale Youth Athletic Association's teams.

Mr. Hrybyk was a member of St. John Lutheran Church and sang with the CroSing, the church's contemporary band.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at his church, 300 W. Maple Road in Linthicum.

In addition to his mother, who lives in Baltimore, Mr. Hrybyk is survived by his wife of 30 years, the former Susan Imwold; two sons, Alex Hrybyk of Millersville and Jonathan Hrybyk of Linthicum; three brothers, Bill Hrybyk of Relay, Steve Hrybyk of Linthicum and Michael Hrybyk of New Westminster, British Columbia; a sister, Mary Pay Hrybyk-Keith of Dewey Beach, Del.; and many nieces and nephews.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com