Kenneth L. Plante, a retired electrical engineer with Westinghouse Electric Corp. who worked on the development of electronic systems for the Navy and Air Force during a career of nearly three decades, died Aug. 22 from complications of a stroke at Carroll Lutheran Village in Westminster.
The former Eldersburg resident was 82.
Kenneth Louis Plante was born and raised in Astoria, N.Y., the son of Louis Plante, a delicatessen owner, and Margaret McNeill Plante, a homemaker.
He attended St. John’s Preparatory School and graduated in 1956 from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in New York, with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.
He also pursued graduate studies in business administration at the Johns Hopkins University.
In 1956 he joined Westinghouse Electric Corp. in Linthicum, where he worked on electrical systems for the Navy and Air Force.
Mr. Plante developed ocean dynamics sensor systems for Polaris missile submarines and participated in field qualification tests off the coasts of Connecticut and Florida.
He helped pioneer coherent radar jamming technology and became electronic warfare division chief engineer for research and development projects at Westinghouse.
The former Catonsville resident moved to Eldersburg in 1976.
With over 13,000 members internationally, the Association of Old Crows is an organization for individuals who have common interests in Electronic Warfare (EW), Electromagnetic Spectrum Management Operations, Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA), Information Operations (IO), and other information related capabilities. The Association of Old Crows provides a means of connecting members and organizations nationally and internationally across government, defense, industry, and academia to promote the exchange of ideas and information, and provides a platform to recognize advances and contributions in these fields.