Eugene A. "Gene" Lichtman

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Eugene Aaron "Gene" Lichtman, 77, of Mount Airy, formerly of Silver Spring, died Saturday, July 14, 2012.

Born July 22, 1934, in New York, N.Y., he was the son of the late Irving and Sarah Lichtman. He was the husband of Joan Bush Lichtman, whom he married in 1957 in New York, and who died in 1993.

He grew up in Brooklyn, and moved with his parents to Miami Beach, Fla., in 1950. He graduated from Miami Beach High School in 1951, and attended the University of Florida, graduating in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering. After graduation, he worked for the Department of the Navy at the Naval Air Propulsion Test Center in Trenton, N.J., where he worked on physical testing of jet engines. He was in the Army Reserve during the Korean War.

After Army service in Germany, he returned to the Navy Department in Trenton. He earned a Master of Science degree in management engineering from Newark College of Engineering in 1966. In 1966, he transferred to the Naval Air Systems Command in Washington, D.C., later in Crystal City, Va., and worked there until his retirement in 1985, supervising vertical/short takeoff or landing projects.

He was a member of several fire buff organizations, including the Signal 22 Club of Trenton, and of the Friendship Fire Association of Washington, D.C., where he served as a Canteen Unit driver and as historian. He was well known throughout the DC Fire Department as someone who would collect historic papers and books, which he donated to the FFA's museum. He was a volunteer with the Montgomery County Red Cross First Aid Unit, where he served as adviser and chairman, and was a CPR and first aid instructor who taught life-saving skills to hundreds of students. He was credited with using CPR to save someone's life on Christmas Eve, 1982, and several of his former students contacted him to say they had used their CPR skills to save lives as well.

His hobbies included stamp and postal cover collecting, model railroading and collecting antique ambulances. He was an avid collector of fire department patches. He was a member of several hobby organizations, including the Chesapeake Antique Fire Apparatus Association, Silver Spring Model Railroad Society, the Studebaker Drivers' Club, and was a life member of the Professional Car Society and of the Union Historic Fire Society.

After moving to Mount Airy in 1998, he served on several town commissions. Most recently, he had been a member of the Economic Development Commission and was chairman of the Recycling and Sanitation Commission. He was a member and served on the board of the former Beth Shalom Synagogue in Westminster, and was more recently a member of the Westminster Synagogue Congregation. He enjoyed spending time with his dog, Pate.

Surviving are a son, Stephen Lichtman, of Mount Airy; and longtime friend, Irma Kleinerman, of Ewing, N.J.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Danzansky-Goldberg Memorial Chapel, 1170 Rockville Pike, Rockville. Interment will be at Judean Memorial Gardens in Olney. Shiva will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Friendship Fire Association, 439 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, DC, 20001.

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Published in Carroll County Times on July 16, 2012
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