Jerome John Ingerski
Navy Department Engineer
Jerome John "Jerry" Ingerski, 59, a 1963 graduate of J.E.B. Stuart High School in Falls Church who became a Navy Department engineer working on satellite communications, died July 11 at a hospital in Spokane, Wash. He had cancer.
After active-duty Navy service in the Vietnam War, Mr. Ingerski began working as a civilian for the communications satellite programs of the Naval Air Systems Command in Crystal City.
The former Springfield resident transferred to San Diego in 1996 to work for the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. He retired 10 days before his death and was a resident of Spokane, where he moved last year.
He was born in San Luis Obispo, Calif., and raised around the world because his father was an Army officer.
He was a 1968 electrical engineering graduate of the University of Virginia. He received a master's degree in business administration from George Mason University in 1974, the same year he also received a license as a professional engineer.
Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Margaret Hayes Ingerski, and three daughters, Katherine Ingerski, Suzanne Ingerski and Joanna Ingerski, all of Spokane; his mother, Josephine Ingerski of Falls Church; a brother, Stanley M. Ingerski of Springfield; and three sisters, Mary Jo Pedersen of Manassas, Barbara Mann of Athens, Ga., and Jan Jones of Washington.
Robert Waldrop Floyd
Robert Waldrop Floyd, 72, a retired data processor at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, died July 12 of brain cancer at the Chesapeake Hospice House in Linthicum. He was an Arnold resident.
Mr. Floyd was born in Washington and graduated from Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War and attended the University of Maryland.
In the early 1960s, he became a systems analyst with Vitro Corp. in Silver Spring, where he worked on the Navy's Poseidon missile project. He later joined with several contractors to manage the Scientific and Technical Information Facility for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
In the early 1980s, he joined Walter Reed as project director for the Defense Medical Information Systems Organization. He retired in 2001.
Mr. Floyd was a member of Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park, where he was involved with the policies and personnel ministry and with the congregation's Web site design group. He loved traveling and boating with his family, as well as painting, gardening and classical and jazz music.
His first wife, Nancy Hall Floyd, died in 1961.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Jacqueline Sieg Floyd of Arnold; a daughter from his second marriage, Jennifer Floyd Underwood of Genoa, N.Y.; three stepsons, John S. Sieg of Chadds Ford, Pa., Patrick K. Sieg of Derwood and Christopher A. Sieg of Hillsboro, N.H.; a sister, Jane Floyd Estes of Silver Spring; a brother, William Avery Floyd of Fredericksburg; and 10 grandchildren.
Robert G. Prestemon
Robert G. Prestemon, 81, the first budget director for the U.S. Transportation Department, died of complications from pneumonia July 11 at his home in Rockville.
Mr. Prestemon worked for the federal government for 30 years, starting in 1950 as a financial analyst with the Bureau of the Budget and moving to the Transportation Department in 1967.
He was a founder of Citizens for Good Government, the party that dominated Rockville politics for decades; served as chairman of the planning board when the city's first master plan was developed; and was elected to a two-year term on the City Council in 1966, where he was a leader in the effort to enact a comprehensive open housing law.
He was a prolific writer of letters to the editor, with five published in five years in The Washington Post alone.
He was a native of Columbia Heights, Minn., and an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II. He graduated from the University of Minnesota after the war, the first in his family to receive a college degree, and he attended graduate school there in political science. He moved to the Washington area in the late 1940s.
Mr. Prestemon was a founding member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Betty Prestemon of Rockville; four children, Karen Osborne of Brunswick, Nancy Claggett of Gaithersburg, Edward Prestemon of Gainesville, Fla., and David Prestemon of Skaneateles, N.Y.; 14 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.