A life full of selfless giving;
Arthur Frederick Krummenoehl (Fritz), a humble and gentle man, passed away peacefully on February 14th, surrounded by his loving family. A long-time resident of Howard County, Arthur was 75 at the time of his death. Arthur was a selfless and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He passed away suddenly while visiting family in Texas.
Arthur had a great mind and heart. He was a quiet leader who deeply loved his wife, children, grandchildren, Catholic Faith, work, and music. He was a pro-life leader, having volunteered for many years with Maryland Right to Life and most recently serving on the Board of Directors of the Columbia Pregnancy Center.
Arthur loved the outdoors, especially hiking with his grandchildren, being active in the church, spending time with family, and traveling. He loved skiing with his son Tim, sailing, and playing the piano. He and Nancy went on many pilgrimages with his pastor at St. Louis Church, Monsignor Joseph Luca, and traveled many times to Greece to visit his sister, Rosemary. Arthur also was blessed with having a career that he loved.
Arthur was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, on July 15th, 1946. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University in 1968 and a Masters of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1970. Arthur then spent two years in the US Army working on radar applications at the White Sands Missile Range. Following school and the Army, Arthur went on to work at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, a career that spanned more than forty years.
At APL, Art developed software to automate tracking of radar returns, resulting in over a fifty-fold increase in tracking effectiveness for US Navy ship-board radars. In addition, Art innovated software tools to test the tracking (and other combat systems) software precursory to deployment, thus avoiding costly flight tests. Although there have been design upgrades, the concept and design of tools Art developed are still in use today after some forty years. Art developed a keen interest in software quality and continued developing methods for employing real-time simulations to test software.
To respond to the rapidly expanding use of software in Navy systems, Art coordinated with Navy agencies on a Collaborative Engineering Environment; subsequently, he led the integration of real-time radar simulations into the Distributed Engineering Plant Navy engineering organizations use to test all software prior to deployment on Navy ships and aircraft. Along with his direct work, Art magnified the fruits of his technical prowess and leadership by teaching in the Johns Hopkins University Evening School. As an Instructor, he taught and developed Software Engineering Management, System Engineering, and System of Systems Engineering courses within the Technical Management Master's Degree curriculum.
Later in his career, Art supported the Missile Defense Agency leading the development of an open architecture simulation framework to integrate, in a single testbed, all levels of system models from discrete units to representations of entire systems. The Missile defense system is of unparalleled complexity, and Art's work on the framework was instrumental in enabling controlled testing of any level of the system from discrete units to representations of the entire multiple-system missile defense capability. Art also applied his system development experience to requirements and design analysis of the overall missile defense system.
In recognition of Art's leadership, he was appointed Assistant Branch Head, which he held for seven years. Art retired from the Applied Physics Lab in December 2012 and worked part-time for APL through 2016.
He is survived by his loving wife, Nancy, six children; Margaret Barton (and husband William Barton), Timothy Krummenoehl (and wife Christina), Elizabeth Hall, Daniel Krummenoehl, Kathleen Krummenoehl & Joseph Krummenoehl, eight grandchildren; Kirstin Barton, William Barton, Laura Barton, Ella Krummenoehl, Lucas Barton, Lily Barton, Benjamin Krummenoehl & Claire Krummenoehl and his sister Rosemary Krummenoehl. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Helen.
A Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 24th from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Donaldson Funeral Home of Clarksville, 12540 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD 21029. A Funeral Mass will be held the same day at 1:00 PM at St. Louis Catholic Church, 12500 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD 21029 with interment to follow at St. Louis Cemetery, 5950 Ten Oaks Rd, Clarksville, MD 21029.
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