Donald L. Sweat Electrical engineer


Memorial services for Donald L. Sweat, a Baltimore native who graduated from the Johns Hopkins University and then embarked on a career in electrical engineering, will be held at 4 p.m. today at the Ruck Funeral Home, 1050 York Road in Towson.

Mr. Sweat died Wednesday, after a long illness, in Tucson, Ariz., where he had lived and worked the last five years. He was 49.

Born in Baltimore and raised in the Northwood section of the city, Mr. Sweat attended Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and the Johns Hopkins University, from which he graduated in 1964 with a degree in electrical engineering.

He left Baltimore for a two-year stint in the U.S. Army, serving as a first lieutenant at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. After his discharge from the military, he worked in the electronics industry in Indiana while undertaking studies for a master's degree in business at Indiana University.

Upon receiving his graduate degree, Mr. Sweat worked for 12 years in the electrical engineering department at TRW Inc. in Colorado Springs, Colo. While there, he met his wife, the former Gail Johnston, who coincidentally also was from Baltimore. They married in 1978.

For the last five years, Mr. Sweat was a manufacturing manager for the Hughes Aircraft Co. in Tucson.

Mr. Sweat enjoyed many hobbies, particularly oil painting and fly fishing.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Jennifer Smith of Colorado Springs, Joanna Dahlby of Tucson, and John Sweat of Denver; his mother, Virginia Sweat of Parkville; a brother, Robert Sweat of Perry Hall; and two grandchildren.

The family suggested donations to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 43025, Baltimore, Md. 21236-0025.

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