Christian Engleman Jr.Navy captainCapt. Christian L. Engleman...


Christian Engleman Jr.

Navy captain

Capt. Christian L. Engleman Jr., a retired Navy electronics specialist who was credited with giving SONAR its name, died July 20 of complications from cancer at the Fort Vancouver Convalescent Center in Vancouver, Wash. He was 89 and had lived in Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Va.

During World War II, he was serving with the Navy Bureau of Ships Electronics Installation and Maintenance Branch when he suggested the name SONAR to his former Harvard University professor Theodore Hunt, the developer of the underwater sound technique that was used in anti-submarine warfare.

"It was first suggested that the new system be called SOBAR -- sound bearing and ranging -- and after thinking it over, they thought that sailors might laugh at that name. . . . My father suggested SONAR, which means sound navigation and ranging," said a son, Mark M. Engleman of Vancouver.

The Vancouver native graduated from the Naval Academy in 1930, and earned graduate degrees in engineering and business from the academy and Harvard University.

He retired from the Navy in 1953, founded an electronics and communications development firm, then worked for several other high-tech companies. He retired in 1988.

Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday at Arlington National Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, the former Nancy Earle; two other sons, Christian L. Engleman III of Annapolis and Eric E. Engleman of Vancouver; two daughters, Virginia E. Kuhn of Severna Park and Katherine O. Engleman of Seattle; a brother, Frank M. Engleman of Buellton, Wash.; and two grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army, 1500 N.E. 112th Ave., Vancouver, Wash. 98684.

Julia Buczjowski Jacobs, a homemaker who lived for many years in Armistead Gardens, died Thursday of heart failure at Union Memorial Hospital. She was 87.

Born Julia Buczjowski, the daughter of Polish immigrants who arrived in Fells Point in the early 1900s and settled on Lancaster ++ Street, she attended parochial school through fourth grade, then went to work to help support her family.

"The whole family worked as itinerant laborers picking crops all over Maryland to make ends meet in those days," recalled a son, Edward Jacobs of Ypsilanti, Mich.

"They would pick beans, and worked in hot packing sheds preparing tomatoes for canning. One time, they traveled all the way to Biloxi, Miss., to work in a seafood processing plant. It was tough for them," he said.

In 1931, she married Sidney Jacobs, a Baltimore police officer who died in 1987.

Services were to be held at 9:30 a.m. today at Leonard J. Ruck Funeral Home, Harford Road and Echodale Avenue, Baltimore.

She also is survived by another son, Ronald Jacobs of Armistead Gardens; a brother, John Niemera of Key West, Fla; four sisters, Sophia Chrusniak of Orlando, Fla., Mary Pulasky of Fells Point, Dorothy Calligan of Dundalk and Stella Catalina of Baltimore; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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