On Monday, May 5, 2014, Harold Ascher of Potomac, Maryland. Beloved husband of Barbara Ascher; loving father of Sharon Kessler (Steven) and Matthew Ascher (Eileen); adored grandfather of Daniel, Ben, Eric, Gary and Haley. The burial will be at Mount Hebron in New York City on Wednesday. Shiva will be observed at Eileen and Matthew's residence on Thursday evening May 8 with prayers at 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jewish National Fund, the Simon Wiesenthal Center or the LUNGevity Foundation, all of which were sincerely supported by Harold. Harold had a distinguished career as a reliability engineer with the Naval Research Laboratory followed by 20 years as a private consultant. He was a well recognized published author in his field. His multifaceted interests included classical music, art, and biblical history. His most cherished memories are of his grandchildren and world travel with his wife, Barbara.