Jan M. Minkowski, 74, Hopkins professor


Jan M. Minkowski, a professor emeritus of electrical engineering at Johns Hopkins University, died of cancer Tuesday at his home on Colorado Avenue. He was 74.

A mass of Christian burial for Dr. Minkowski was being offered today at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St.

He joined the Hopkins faculty as a lecturer in 1961, received his doctorate and became an associate professor in 1963, a professor in 1981 and retired in 1987.

He was born in Zurich, Switzerland, and reared in Warsaw, Poland.

From 1957 until 1970, he served on the electronic warfare committee of the U.S. Air Force. He was a consultant to other military services and industrial companies. He held seven patents and wrote more than 30 articles in professional journals.

He is survived by his wife, the former Anne Hastings Shreve; four sons, Andrew J. Minkowski of Virginia Beach, Va., Dr. John S. Minkowski of Baltimore, Christopher Z. Minkowski of Ithaca, N.Y., and Mark H. Minkowski of Palo Alto, Calif.; and seven grandchildren.

The family suggested contributions to the Jan M. Minkowski Memorial Lecture Fund at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Johns Hopkins University.

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