Sidney Metzger, 94, who retired as a vice president of Communications Satellite, died Dec. 22 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring.
He had congestive heart failure, said his wife, Miriam Metzger.
Mr. Metzger began his career in the late 1930s as an electrical engineer for the Army Signal Corps, where he worked on radio communications. After working on similar projects for what became ITT Laboratories, Mr. Metzger joined RCA Labs in New Jersey, where he began work on satellites for the military.
In 1963, he moved to the Washington area when he joined Comsat, the federally created satellite telecommunications provider. At Comsat, Mr. Metzger oversaw the engineering division and served as chief scientist. He retired as a vice president in 1982.
Sidney Metzger was born in New York and was a 1937 electrical engineering graduate of New York University. He received a master’s degree from the old Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute in 1950.
His memberships included the IEEE and the National Academy of Engineering.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Miriam Lipstein Metzger, of Silver Spring; three children, David Metzger of Chevy Chase, Sally Fasman of the District and Philip Metzger of Silver Spring; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
— T. Rees Shapiro