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  • "Neil was a great man who lived a great life...all of you..."
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WILKIN NEIL DREW WILKIN, SR. "N3IL" July 18, 1937 - November 27, 2012 Neil was born in Onsted, MI, graduated from Onsted High School and earned his bachelor's degree in physics with a minor in math from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. He met the love of his life, Nancy Jean Lancaster, in her hometown of Washington, DC. They were married there at Calvary Baptist Church on June 25, 1960 and settled in Brinklow, MD. He served the Federal government for 40 years as an electrical engineer in the U.S. Army Ordinance Lab, Harry Diamond Laboratories (HDL) and at the National Bureau of Standards (NBS), which later became the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He received NIST's Applied Research Award in December 1994. He was a beloved teacher, leader and inspiration to young people as an instructor at Montgomery College in Germantown, MD, and as a scoutmaster for Boy Scouts of America Troop 759 in Ashton, MD. He was a member of IEEE and an avid HAM radio operator, Amateur Extra Class, under the call sign "N3IL." He is survived by his wife Nancy Wilkin; his three sons and daughters-in-law, Neil and Teena Wilkin of Roanoke, VA, Noel and Suzanne Wilkin of Oxford, MS, and Nicholas Wilkin and Karen Ament of LidingC6, Sweden; his daughter and son-in-law Nanette and David George of Raleigh, NC; and his daughter Natalie Wilkin, of Newport, TN. He was cherished as "Gramp" to his grandchildren: Daniel, Tammy, Katherine, James, Matthew, Elizabeth, Francesca, Nicole, Drew, Sarah, Adelle, Kendall, Jillian and Delia. He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law Wallace and Peggy Wilkin of Tipton, MI; his sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Stan Cook of Charlotte, MI; and his sister-in-law Betty Wilkin of Farmington Hills, MI. He was preceded in death by his father Francis Wilkin, his mother Dorothy Wilkin Price and his brother Robert Wilkin, all of Onsted, MI. The family will receive friends and visitors at Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home, 11800 New Hampshire Ave. in Silver Spring, MD, from 1-5 p.m. on Friday, November 30. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 1 at Ashton United Methodist Church, 17314 New Hampshire Ave., Ashton, MD 20861. Interment will follow at Union Cemetery in Burtonsville, MD. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation in his memory to Ashton United Methodist Church or the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Foundation, If you wish to share a message with the family, visit the guestbook at:

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Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 29, 2012
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