On Sunday, July 17, 2011 at home with his family in Silver Spring, Maryland. Born in Columbus, Ohio on November 24, 1927 his family relocated to the Washington DC area. He graduated from Central High School and served in the Army from 1945-1947.
He received a BS degree from Catholic University in 1951 and an MS degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland in 1959. He joined Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in 1957 and their Space Department in 1974 where his focus was on radar system design.
He worked as project scientist for radar altimeter development on SEASAT, GEOSAT and TOPEX satellites and retired in 1990.
He is survived by his wife Sally L. MacArthur; son John L. MacArthur; daughter Ann MacArthur; granddaughter Aya C. Sato and brother Edgar MacArthur. An interment will be scheduled at Arlington National Cemetery.