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Died April 22, 2014 at Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads in Falls Church, VA after several years illness with Parkinson's Disease.
He added 23 years of service with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to more then 25 years working in private industry. Product assignments with the Brown, Rubicon, Leeds & Northrup, and Vishay instrument companies and Honeywell included engineering development of electrical and magnetic standards, and measurement and control instrumentation. He also was assistant editor of Electronic Instrument Digest (no longer published) for a short time. With CPSC, he helped to develop safety standards for television receivers, Christmas lights, CB base-station antennas and heat-tapes, as well as a NFPA (National Fire Prevention Association) standard for identifying and correcting common practices that have caused fires in one- and two-family residences.
He was the technical member of the team whose investigation resulted in the highest CPSC fine, to that time, of a manufacturer, in this case, of fail-safe gas valves. Ironically, Mr. McCoskrie had previously been employed by the fined company. The defending attorney assured him that they would pay him his pension anyway.
Dennis McCoskrie was born in Flint, Michigan. He earned a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree (1949) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania (1953). He served in the Navy in the latter years of World War II. As a member of the crew of the USS Chickasaw, ATF183, he participated in Operation Crossroads (first test of nuclear weapons in naval warfare) at Bikini Atoll. Later he served in the Korean "Police Action" on board the USS Bairoko, CVE115.
He aided the baritone section of as many as eight Unitarian choirs during almost 60 years of choral singing with those liberal churches.
In 1951, he and Lillian E. Tucker were married in Washington, DC. She now lives in Falls Church, VA. He is also survived by daughters, Susan McCoskrie of Reston, VA, Carol McCoskrie of Arlington, VA, Ann Burton (Dean) of Hillsboro, OR, Ellen Ingson (Michael) of Fairfax, VA and Kathleen Couch (Keith) of Baltimore, MD; and nine grandchildren. The marriage, but not the friendship, ended in divorce in 1984.
A remembrance service for friends and family will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, April 28 at Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads, 3440 S Jefferson St., Falls Church, VA 22041.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the National Parkinson Foundation (

Published in The Washington Post from Apr. 26 to Apr. 28, 2014
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