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Robert Cowdery

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Robert Eddy "Bob" Cowdery, 86, died peacefully March 23 in Silver Spring. He was born April 4, 1926, in Canon City, Colorado to the late George Sabin and Gladys Marie Cowdery and grew up with brothers, George and Richard. Bob married Elizabeth Joyce Turner on September 10, 1949. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado in 1951 and graduated from the Management Program for Executives at the University of Pittsburgh in 1974. Bob's principal employment history includes veteran, U.S. Navy World War II, Pacific Theatre; engineering and program management in the field of research, development, qualification, and production of interceptor fire control systems, responsible for the Overland Radar Technology Program and the radar requirements for the Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS); Westinghouse Division Management for the Air Defense System for Morocco; and division management of command and control programs for several international defense systems. Bob's entire professional career, 1951-1986, was with Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Baltimore and later as a systems engineering consulting for Westinghouse. He was the recipient of the Westinghouse Order of Merit for work on AWACS and the Air Defense System for Morocco. Bob owned a patent for the Anti Collision Device for Interceptors. In 1995, along with colleague William A. Skillman, he was awarded the Pioneer Award at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by the National Aerospace and Electronics Conference for his work on the AWACS. Bob was a fisherman who grew up fishing on the Colorado River and the Gallatin River in Montana. He frequently took his family fishing, hiking and camping. He was a trophy winning archer in the 1969 Anne Arundel Bowmen's Game Hunt. He was also a self-taught, award winning, wood carver, specializing in ducks, and birds and a musical instrument maker of lap dulcimers and violins. Bob and Joyce lived and raised their family in Anne Arundel County. They first lived in Glen Burnie and then moved to Rugby Hall in Arnold. Bob enjoyed fishing, camping, art, telling tall tales, singing songs, wearing a cowboy hat, and spending time with his family. In addition to his parents, Bob is preceded in death by his brother, George Cowdery and son, Timothy Cowdery. He is survived by his devoted wife, Joyce; seven children, Cristy Walker (William), Daniel Cowdery (Kathi), Thomas Cowdery, (Brenda), Andrew Cowdery (Bonnie), Matthew Cowdery (Evelyn), Patricia Cowdery (John Blisard) and Barbara Cowdery; brother, Richard; fourteen grandchildren, Joshua Cowdery, Benjamin Cowdery, Adam Cowdery, Laura Cowdery, Jesse Walker, Luke Walker, Noah Walker, Robert Cowdery, Emma Cowdery, Anna Cowdery, Nathan Cowdery, Diana Cowdery, Sarah Cowdery, Perry Cowdery; and six great-grandchildren Dylan, Harper, Jacob, Reese, Alena, and Jack. In lieu of flowers or donations, stop what you're doing and go fishing. A celebration of his life will be held by the family at a future date.
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Published in The Capital on Apr. 7, 2013
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