FRANKLIN MAURICE EASTLAND, a retired Westinghouse Electric Corp. engineer died of natural causes Sunday, October 7, 2018 at Charlestown Retirement Community. The Linthicum Heights resident was 90 years old.
Mr. Eastland was born in Hazel Park, Michigan on July 15, 1928 to Holbert Eastland, a supervisor at the Detroit Chrysler Plant and Naomi (Whitby) Eastland a schoolteacher and salesperson at Hudson’s department store, both of Waynesboro, Tennessee. After graduating in 1946 from Hazel Park High School he studied electrical engineering at the Michigan College of Mining and Technology and earned his bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering in 1950. On New Years Eve 1949, while visiting his brother, Chuck, Mr. Eastland was set up on a blind date with Miss Irma Young of Sault Saint Marie. Though he had to return to school a few days later, he wrote to her every day, and six weeks later at Michigan Tech’s annual Snow Ball, Frank told Irma, “I think I want to marry you.” The couple was wed in July of 1951.
Mr. Eastland worked for the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) from 1950 to 1953. He was a technical representative assigned to the United States Air Force’s 759th Aircraft Control & Warning (ACW) Squadron’s radar sites initially located at Fort Stevens, Oregon and then at Naselle, Washington.
In 1953 he went on active military duty for two years as with the US Army Signal Corps in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey and in Korea. He served as 1st Lieutenant in command of a line platoon (Co. C) stringing telephone wires in the mountains of South Korea.
In 1955 he studied electrical engineering at the University of Michigan and was then employed by Farnsworth Electronics in Fort Wayne, Indiana during 1956.
In 1957 he was employed by the Westinghouse Electric Corporation Aerospace Division in Linthicum as an electrical radar receiver designer. During his 34-year tenure there, Mr. Eastland developed radar for AWACS and the F-16 fighter plane, versions of which are still in use today. He also developed three patents which were sold to the U.S. Navy. He attended the University of Maryland graduate school during his early Westinghouse employment.
Mr. Eastland was a member of the Linthicum United Methodist Church.
He enjoyed popular “Oldie” music and rebuilt a player piano in 1966 so he could hear “old old” and newer music. He also enjoyed reading, golf, computers and traveling the world with Irma. At the age of 80, he joined his daughter and grandson’s 8-ball pool team. His favorite pastime was spending time with his beloved wife, family, relatives and friends.
Mr. Eastland was preceded in death by his parents Holbert and Naomi; brother Chuck Eastland; and sister Ruth Meyers. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Irma (Young) Eastland; his son, Eric Franklin Eastland and his wife Sheila of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida; his daughter Julia Shoneff of Linthicum; grandchildren Ambre and Matthew Shoneff, Monica and husband Randall Reyes, Parker and Paige Eastland and Caitlin and husband Derek Miller; and relatives Janet and Allan Wilson as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws around the country. He will be deeply missed.
Memorial service will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at our Lady of the Angels Chapel at Charlestown Retirement Community, 711 Maiden Choice Lane, Catonsville, Maryland 21228. Mr. Eastland will be interred at Maryland Veteran’s Cemetery in Crownsville, Maryland.