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Patrick Prendergast, Navy engineer

Patrick O. Prendergast of Glen Burnie was an electrical engineer who worked for the Navy.
Patrick O. Prendergast of Glen Burnie was an electrical engineer who worked for the Navy. (Baltimore Sun)

Patrick O. Prendergast, a retired electrical engineer who worked for the Navy, died of heart failure Feb. 1 at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. The Glen Burnie resident was 83.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Forest Park, he was the son of Anthony Prendergast, an opera singer, and HanorahFitzpatrick. He attended All Saints School and was a 1949 graduate of Loyola High School.

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He began his studies at the Johns Hopkins University and then served in the Coast Guard during the Korean War. He later served on a Coast Guard cutter that protected Cuban refugees fleeing Fidel Castro's regime.

Mr. Prendergast earned bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from Hopkins.

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He worked for 35 years as an electrical engineer at the David Taylor Naval Research Center in Annapolis. Family members said he worked to make U.S. submarines less detectable. He also worked on the development of the hovercraft used in amphibious invasions. He retired in 1998.

Mr. Prendergast enjoyed tinkering with cars and gadgets.

A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, 7436 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd. in Glen Burnie, where he had been a member.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, the former Margaret Clarke; four sons, Patrick Prendergast Jr. of Edgewater, John Prendergast of Millersville, Tim Prendergast of Catonsville and Michael Prendergast of Dundalk; two daughters, Kathy Ensey of Parkton and Mary Frances Crossan of Nottingham; a sister, Sister Maura Prendergast, of Washington, D.C.; and 15 grandchildren.

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