William E. Montgomery, a Westinghouse manager


William E. Montgomery, general manager of the Westinghouse Space Division who had lived in Severna Park since 1963, died Monday at North Arundel Hospital after an apparent heart attack. He was 52.

Services for Mr. Montgomery will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Barranco and Sons Funeral Home, Ritchie Highway and Robinson Road.

He was named manager of the space division in 1981. Earlier, he managed the Advanced Systems Department of the Westinghouse Aerospace Division. The electrical engineer began his association with Westinghouse in 1961, working on both the development and production of electronic systems. He and his family lived in Towson when they first moved to the Baltimore area.

Born in Fitzgerald, Ga., and reared in Charlotte, N.C., he earned an electrical engineering degree at Duke University, where he joined the Sigma Nu fraternity.

He did graduate work in electrical engineering at Johns Hopkins University and was a graduate of the Executive Business Program at Stanford University.

Mr. Montgomery was on the board of the National Space Club and was active in the Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Air Force Association, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the Electronic Industries Association. He worked with groups dealing with reliability and maintenance, with the transition from development to production and with uniform language in the industry.

In 1977, he received a Special Achievement Award from the secretary of the Air Force for his contributions to the space program.

His interests included computers, scuba diving, skiing, travel and photography.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, the former Jeannette Harrison; a daughter, Martha Elizabeth Doggett of Charlotte; a son, William E. Montgomery IV of Severna Park; and his mother, Helen Montgomery of Wylie, S.C.

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