Dana F. Gumb, engineer

Dana F. Gumb, 88, an aviation electronics engineer and co-founder of the old Vega Precision Laboratories in Vienna, died April 23 of congestive heart failure at the Goodwin House retirement community in Alexandria.

The death was confirmed by a son, Dana Gumb Jr.

Mr. Gumb co-founded Vega Precision Laboratories, a now-defunct technology firm that specialized in remotely piloted vehicle development, in 1963. He served as president and board chairman until the company was acquired by CompuDyne in 1979. He remained a senior vice president and chief scientist until his retirement in 1989.

Earlier in his career, he was a project engineer at Melpar and a laboratory director at Aero Geo Astro Corp., an Alexandria research and development firm.

Dana Frederic Gumb was born in New York City and was a 1946 graduate of Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. He received a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1951. A year later, he moved to the Washington region and began work at Melpar.

Mr. Gumb was an electronics officer the Navy Reserve from 1946 to 1949.

He was also a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in McLean, what is now the National Defense Industrial Association and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, which promotes unmanned robotics research and development.

He moved from McLean to Goodwin House in 2000.

His wife of 63 years, Margaret Smith Gumb, died in 2011. Survivors include three children, Edwin Gumb of Burke, Dana Gumb Jr. of Bayside, N.Y., and Irving Gumb of Alexandria; and three grandchildren.

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