Joel Balogh, age 83, of Landenberg, PA, passed away on Saturday, July 13, 2013, at his home.
He was born March 23, 1930 in Kingston, PA. He graduated in the Honor Society of Kingston High School’s 1948 class. He served in the U.S. Navy as an electronics technician and a nuclear technician from 1948 to 1955.
He attended Penn State University, where he met his wife, whom he married in 1959. He received a BS in Physics in 1959; later he earned an MS in Astronomy and an MS in Electrical Engineering. He was a lifetime member of the Penn State Alumni Association and of the IEEE.
He was employed as an Electrical Engineer at HRB Singer in State College from 1958 to 1969 and at Penn State in the College of Engineering from 1969 to 1980. He and his wife raised two sons in the State College area, where he participated in the Nittany Amateur Radio Club and the Central PA Orchid Society and was a soloist in the choir and a member of the church council of Grace Lutheran Church.
In 1981 he moved to Delaware to head the Instrumentation Service Center for UD’s College of Engineering. In 1985 he became a full-time instructor at DelTech where he taught robotics, electronics and related subjects. He retired in 1996 to spend more time on interests in amateur radio, square dancing, orchids and travel. He served as Treasurer and in other offices for the DE Orchid Society, the Pen-Del Square Dance District, the Two by Fours Square Dance Club and his neighborhood Civic Association. Articles that he wrote for the national amateur radio magazine QST were featured on their covers. From 1996 until his death he was a Delaware Master Gardener, teaching beginner orchid workshops among other activities.
He is survived by his wife Nancy, son John and his wife Jean with their children Anne and Matthew of State College, and by his son Bruce of Wilmington, as well as his sister Ann and his brother James, both of New Jersey. He was preceded in death by his brothers Paul and Timothy and his daughter-in-law Sharon Railing.
A celebration of his life will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, July 27, 2013, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where visitation will begin at 11 am.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Food Bank of Delaware, 14 Garfield Way, Newark, DE 19713; or to Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research, 110 Old Possum Hollow Road, Newark, DE 19711.