- Adam Bernstein - TWP
Austin J. DeFerrari, Navy mathematician
Wednesday, January 19, 2011; 8:30 PM
Austin J. DeFerrari, 89, a mathematician for the Navy Department who retired in
1983, died Jan. 14 at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington of complications from
a blood infection.
Mr. DeFerrari served on active duty in the Navy during World War II as a specialist in
mine technology. He joined the Navy as a civilian after the war and created models to
assess the potential outcomes of naval conflict. As part of his duties, he analyzed
data for the Navy during the Cuban missile crisis in 1962.
Austin John DeFerrari was a native Washingtonian and a 1939 graduate of St.
Anthony's High School in the District. He received a bachelor's degree from
Catholic University in 1943 and a master's degree in physics from Brown University in
He was a longtime District resident and most recently lived in Chevy Chase. He
enjoyed gardening and attending opera concerts.
His first wife, the former Mary Patricia Julien, whom he married in 1955, died in 1976.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Weaver DeFerrari of Chevy Chase, whom he
married in 1983; four children from his first marriage, Lisa DeFerrari of Arlington
County, Evelyn Cuttino of Voorhees, N.J., and Patricia DeFerrari and John DeFerrari,
both of Washington; and two grandsons.