Robert E. Sundius Sr., a retired electrical engineer who had a lengthy career in private industry and government, died March 31 at Stella Maris Hospice of complications from vascular dementia. He was 84.
The son of Carl Edwin Sandius, an accountant, and Jane Cecilia Hunt Sundius, an administrative assistant, Robert Edwin Sandius was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he graduated in 1948 from Brooklyn Technical High School.
He earned a bachelor's degree in 1952 in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pa.
He began his career working in New York City for General Electric Co. and in 1955 joined the Navy, where he worked in weapons development and taught electrical engineering at the Naval Academy from 1957 to 1959.
In 1959, he earned a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. After being discharged from the Navy that year, he returned to GE in Syracuse, N.Y., where he was supervisor and foreman for the company's production of sonar and radar equipment.
Mr. Sundius earned a master's degree in 1968 in business from Syracuse University. He transitioned his career from military equipment production to business and domestic manufacturing and began working in the fledgling computer field.
In the 1980s, he became president of Amerinex Artful Intelligence Inc. in Parsippany, N.J. In 1993, he worked in a joint partnership between the state of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina that trained local technology firms to adopt practices that would increase the state's success in attracting national corporate investment. He retired in 2006.
The Severna Park resident was a member of the Holy Trinity Council of the Knights of Columbus 3413 in Severna Park. As a fourth-degree knight, he was also a member of the Knight's Pope Paul VI Assembly 23673.
Mr. Sundius enjoyed sailing, painting, reading and telling stories.
His wife of 59 years, the former Catherine Margaret "Cathy" Thompson, died in 2013.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church, 5502 York Road, Govans.
Mr. Sundius is survived by four sons, Robert E. Sundius Jr. of Pensacola, Fla., Carl W. Sundius of Lexington, S.C., John Daniel "Dan" Sundius of Arnold and Charles M. Sundius of Vienna, Va.; five daughters, Mary Jane Sundius of Homeland, Mary Ellen Connolly of Lawton, Okla., Mary Kathleen Sundius of Mountain Lakes, N.J., Mary Margaret Auger of West Chester, Pa., and Mary Ann Sundius-Rose of Boonton Township, N.J.; and 25 grandchildren.