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John Whitney Knight, 79, Westinghouse engineer


John Whitney Knight, a retired Westinghouse Electric Corp. engineer and music fan, died of heart failure June 3 at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Ellicott City resident was 79.

Mr. Knight was born in Springfield, Mass., and raised in Charlottesville, Va. After graduating in 1943 from Episcopal High School in Richmond, Va., he served in the Army Air Forces for two years.

He studied physics at Duke University and earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1951 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He spent the next 43 years, until retiring in 1994, as an analytical engineer at Westinghouse's Linthicum plant.

After retiring, he enrolled at Howard Community College and studied computer systems and Web design.

Mr. Knight was a longtime member of Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church in Baltimore, where he had been chairman of the board of trustees, treasurer and a Sunday school teacher.

"He loved teaching young people and they loved him," said his wife of 46 years, the former Bettye Easley, a homemaker.

Mr. Knight's musical interests ranged from classical to opera and Dixieland jazz.

"He enjoyed the symphony and opera, and on April 30 attended the Baltimore Opera Company's performance of The Tales of Hoffman," Mrs. Knight said.

He also enjoyed sailing, traveling and riding his bicycle.

Services were yesterday.

Also surviving are a son, John W. Knight Jr. of Salem, Va.; four daughters, Frances Tilghman of Chantilly, Va., Marianna Knight of Arlington, Va., Claire Bellotti of Columbia and Lilly Knight-Richard of Greenfield, Mass.; a brother, Robert H. Knight of Greenwich, Conn.; three sisters, Patricia Beckhard and Sally Rabilloud, both of New York City, and Susan Cecil of Richmond; and six grandsons.

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