John A. Kudrick, a retired engineer, died of a heart attack Wednesday at his home in Ellicott City. He was 70.
Born in Hazleton, Pa., Mr. Kudrick moved with his family to Rosedale in 1950.
After graduating from Kenwood High School, he worked at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River while attending Drexel University in Philadelphia.
He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from Drexel.
He later worked briefly for McDonnell-Douglas in California. He returned to Maryland to work at Hittman Associates before joining the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Bethesda in 1972.
He retired from a management position at the federal agency in 2000.
He enjoyed annual trips to Las Vegas, where he would play blackjack.
His response when asked about his success at the gambling tables was, "What happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas," said his brother, Joseph Kudrick of Fallston.
The brothers and many of their 11 cousins also regularly ate lunch together on Wednesdays.
"His cooking expertise was legendary within his family," Mr. Kudrick said.
Mr. Kudrick had perfected his mother's recipe for nut bread, a traditional family treat that he baked and distributed to family and friends during the Easter season.
Services are at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Harry H. Witzke's Family Funeral Home, 4112 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City.
Additional survivors include his wife of 46 years, the former Shirley Baker; and two sons, John S. Kudrick of Ellicott City and Michael L. Kudrick of Frostburg.