William Charles Brubaker
William Charles “Bill” Brubaker, 91, Lutherville, Md., died Tuesday.
He was born in Altoona, son of Thomas and Ethel (McFarland) Brubaker.
Surviving are three daughters: Donna Monius, Elizabeth (Charlie) Hahn and Laurie (Lloyd) Lammle; two sons: Charles and David (Lisa Bifulco); 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Ellen (Colson) Jones; and a brother, Melvin (Marian).
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; and a sister, Shirley Weidel.
Bill was a 1939 graduate of Altoona High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering at Tri-State College in Angola, Ind. A U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of WWII, he was responsible for performing clearances of flights from one field to another in Texas and for sending Army Headquarters materials from one base to another via teletype.
He was an aeronautical engineer at Glenn L. Martin Co. (Martin Marietta Corp., now Lockheed Martin Corp.) for 25 years, where he did designing, stress analysis, weights and dynamics on commercial and advanced military aircraft and all 12 of the Gemini launch vehicles. He worked on Apollo 1 through Apollo 12. During his three years at Bellcom, he was a technical adviser for several NASA manned space program missions, including Skylab, the first manned laboratory in space. He was listed on the Gemini monument and the Apollo monument at the U.S. Space Walk of Fame in Florida. For 20 years, he worked on automobile and school bus safety at the U.S. Department of Transportation in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Bill was a 47-year member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a member of the Baltimore Colts Marching Band from 1947-67, a volunteer for more than 12 years at a Maryland nursing home and a 45-year member of the Lions Club.
In 1991, as a Maryland licensed professional engineer, he worked with the state of Maryland and received approval to voluntarily teach “A World in Motion” science program that he helped develop with the Society of Automotive Engineers. This work earned him an annual Bill Brubaker Scholarship with the SAE, and 17 scholarships for high school graduates attending Maryland engineering schools have been awarded. He was also awarded the first Dr. William G. Agnew Award at SAE for his world-in-motion work which went statewide in Maryland in 1992. In 2007, Altoona Area High School gave him a Distinguished Alumni Award for all his work in space and motion.
Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, 6500 York Road, Baltimore, Md. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at the Church of the Nativity, 20 E. Ridgely Road, Lutherville, Md. Interment will follow at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, Padonia Road, Timonium, Md.