Timothy Picciotti, computer engineer

Timothy Picciotti, a computer engineer who worked in defense systems and was active in Howard County youth athletics, died of cancer Dec. 27 at his Highland home. He was 46.

Born in Akron, Ohio, he was the son of an electrical engineer and a homemaker. He earned a mathematics degree at Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio, and was hired by Westinghouse. He then came to Baltimore and worked in software systems engineering and technical management of airborne radar programs.

He later earned two Bachelor of Science degrees, in mathematics and computer science, and a Master of Science degree from the Johns Hopkins University.

Mr. Picciotti had worked at Westinghouse-Northrop Grumman, Fairchild Space & Defense and Orbital Science Corp. in aerospace work. He was a software project manager and the technical lead for weapons systems on the F-14 fighter program.

In recent years, Mr. Picciotti joined Smiths Detection at Edgewood and initially worked in meteorological systems. He was later promoted to vice president of programs and worked in sales of the firm's products to the military. He sold products to protect against chemical, biological and explosive threats.

"Tim was one of those superb, wonderful people who knew how to get a job done without ever raising his voice or making outrageous demands," said former U.S. Rep. Helen Delich Bentley, whom he hired as a consultant. "We had a superb team working the military arena — and Tim headed up that team. He was liked by everybody who ever met him because he always was pleasant and willing to help others."

Mr. Picciotti also headed an effort within his company to expand the Edgewood operation by transferring offices located in other states to Maryland.

"Tim was simply one of the rare people you have the honor to meet and to have him as part of your life," said Mal Maginnis, president of Smiths Detection, who lives in Great Britain. "In his work he was the consummate professional, respected by all and someone who always achieved that something extra."

Mr. Picciotti played football in high school and college and had been active in Howard County recreation youth football league for the past seven years. He was a coach for the Western Howard County Warhawks, the team in which his son competed at the Western Regional park in Glenwood. He also attended his daughter's competitive gymnastic schedule in and out of state.

His other hobbies included bicycling and helping in a homeless shelter on Route 1 in Elkridge.

Danny Williamson, a coach from Cockeysville, said, "He was a superb sounding board. You always would receive a sound judgment on any issue. His mind was clear and he provided a lucid opinion. He taught me how to be a better man."

Jimmy Spiropolous, a West Friendship resident, said, "Tim had the ability to be positive and give the kids pep talks like, 'You don't quit in life, you have to keep punching.' He treated all of the kids the same, not favoring his own above any. He was a caring man of high values and ethics. He loved his own family and children and that attitude carried over into the boys he coached."

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Celebration Church, 6080 Foreland Garth, Columbia.

Survivors include his wife of 18 years, the former Susan Gallis, a son, Timothy Joseph Picciotti, a daughter, Samantha Picciotti, all of Highland; his mother, Patricia Picciotti of Olney; and two sisters, Elizabeth Micale of Olney and Cheryl Martin of Livermore, Calif.


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