Edwin Morton Solomon, 85, a chemist who worked on military projects for a number of federal government contractors, died of
pneumonia Oct. 7 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda.
He was a native Washingtonian who graduated from the old Central High School. He also graduated from the University of
Michigan and served in the Army stateside during World War II. He did graduate work at the University of Maryland. In the 1950s,
he was the co-producer and narrator of a 15-minute radio show, "The Voice of Chemistry," which aired on WGMS.
He worked for a decade at the Naval Ordnance Laboratory and in 1956 became senior research engineer for General
Dynamics. He was quality research supervisor for Martin Marietta in Middle River, Md., from 1959 to 1962, then managed a
satellite quality assurance team for NASA at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt.
Mr. Solomon also worked for the Naval Ordnance Systems Command at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics
Laboratory in Silver Spring. He created and taught adult education courses about retirement issues through Montgomery
College. On contract with a manufacturers association, he compiled a database of toxic, carcinogenic and mutagenic medical
effects of organic chemicals.
He worked for McLaughlin Research in Silver Spring, preparing cost proposals for Trident missile navigation projects and
writing manuals for aircraft ordnance disposal. In the three years before his retirement in 1978, Mr. Solomon managed a Navy
high energy laser project for Systems Consultants in Arlington County.
Mr. Solomon enjoyed photography, playing the harmonica, collecting gadgets and acting. He was a member of the Union of
Concerned Scientists and the World Future Society. He was a passionate supporter of a new Manhattan Project for U.S. energy
His marriage to Elberta Solomon ended in divorce.
Survivors include two sons, David Murray Solomon of Silver Spring and Martin Leigh Solomon of Las Vegas.
-- Patricia Sullivan