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Louis Feldner, engineer, FCC official

Louis Feldner, who retired in 1989 as a public-utilities specialist at the Federal Communications Commission, died Jan. 3 at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center in Olney. He was 88.

He had pneumonia and chronic lymphocytic leukemia, said his daughter, Valerie Volinski.

Mr. Feldner, a Silver Spring resident, worked at the FCC from 1971 to 1989. While there, he participated in policy discussions with the AT&T phone company concerning the early development of the Internet.

Previously, he had a career in electrical and computer engineering, working at companies including General Electric and Lockheed Martin.

Mr. Feldner also was an Army veteran of World War II, serving from 1943 to 1946 and reaching the rank of staff sergeant.

Louis Feldner was a native of Chicago. He received a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Illinois in political science and government in 1949 and 1956, respectively. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the university in 1953.

His first marriage, to Sarah Lasersohn, ended in divorce.

Mr. Feldner had a passion for ballroom dancing and music and was a member of Jewish Residents of Leisure World.

His second wife, Susan Warrell, whom he married in 1990, died in 2003.

Survivors include three children from his first marriage, Erik Feldner of Montgomery Village, Ross Feldner of Wheaton and Valerie Volinski of Manhattan; two stepchildren, Bill Warrell of Washington and Susan Warrell of Austin; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

— Farah Mohamed

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