William L. Neal, a retired National Security Agency employee, died of congestive heart failure Saturday at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring. The Clarksville resident was 85.
Mr. Neal was born and raised in Montclair, N.J., and graduated from Yale University in 1941 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering.
During World War II, he was a merchant marine radio operator and made many North Atlantic convoy crossings through submarine-infested waters, family members said.
After the war, Mr. Neal went to work for NSA at Fort Meade. He retired in the mid-1980s.
"His work was of a classified nature," said a son, Richard W. Neal of Centerville, Mass.
He enjoyed reading.
His wife of 39 years, the former Ruth Hauser, died in 1986.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. today at Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church, 12101 Linden Linthicum Lane in Clarksville.
Also surviving are another son, Frederick S. Neal of Silver Spring; two daughters, Marie Neal of Amherst, Mass., and Janet M. Jagdhane of Clarksville; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.