James E. Sutherland, 79, Edgewood Arsenal scientist


James E. Sutherland, a retired physical scientist and longtime Pylesville resident, died of cancer Monday at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air. He was 79.

Mr. Sutherland was born and raised in Miami, where he graduated in 1944 from Miami-Edison High School. He enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and served for the next two years in the North Atlantic as a sonarman aboard the destroyer USS Biddle.

After the war, he attended Duke University for a year before enrolling at the University of Miami, where he earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1950.

He began his career at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and later worked at Aerojet General Corp., Monsanto Research Corp. and Rohr Aircraft Corp., before taking a job as a physical scientist at Edgewood Arsenal in 1960. He retired in 1985.

The former Joppatowne resident, who had lived in Pylesville since 1985, enjoyed collecting postage stamps, woodworking, bowling and playing the piano and trumpet.

Services were held Friday at the Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery in Owings Mills.

Mr. Sutherland is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Leah Rasnick; two sons, James E. Sutherland. of Laurel and Daniel C. Sutherland of Rockville; a daughter, Rita A. Cooper of Pylesville; and four grandchildren.

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