William Charles Brubaker, a retired aeronautical engineer who was a founding trombone player in the
Born in Altoona, Pa., he earned a degree in aeronautical engineering at what is now Trine University in Angola, Ind. During
Family members said he met his wife, Helen Virginia Hall, in Ocean City during a severe thunderstorm that disrupted the resort's power. He was staying at the Hamilton Hotel, which was temporarily lighted by candles. Their first date was a stroll down the boardwalk to a penny arcade, said a daughter, Donna Monius of Timonium.
After moving to Maryland, Mr. Brubaker became a Glenn L. Martin Co. engineer. He worked on military aircraft and 12 of the Gemini launch vehicles.
"Hanging on his wall at home are two plaques, each holding a recovered piece from two of those Gemini boosters," said his daughter. "He worked on Apollo 1 through Apollo 12."
She said he subsequently was a Bellcom technical adviser for
In June 1947, Mr. Brubaker dropped his allegiance to the
"He was a good trombone player," said John Ziemann, president of Baltimore's Marching
He played and marched for 20 years and appeared at the 1958
"One of my father's prize possessions was the game program and a piece of the goal post that he captured in New York at that game," his daughter said. "He also treasured his original sheet music of the Baltimore Colts' fight song."
Mr. Brubaker was also at another championship game. He played at Cleveland Municipal Stadium in December 1964, when the Colts lost to the
He left the band in 1967.
Family members said he would arrive in Towson before sunrise to secure seats at the annual Fourth of July parade to see the football marching band, Colts or Ravens, appear.
Mr. Brubaker, with his sports memorabilia, appeared in director
His daughter said her father continued to attend Ravens games until last year. She said he fulfilled a wish to watch the Ravens win
"He lived for 2 p.m. on Sundays during the years of the Baltimore Colts," his daughter said, adding that he and his wife were present at
Mr. Brubaker was a 47-year member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He visited the Gemini and the Apollo monuments on the Space Walk of Fame in
"They reminisced about Wally Schirra, another astronaut my father met," his daughter said.
He was a volunteer at the Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and belonged to the Cockeysville-Timonium
Mr. Brubaker worked with the Maryland State Department of Education and the Society of Automotive Engineers on a course, "A World in Motion," which he taught at Pinewood Elementary in Timonium. The auto engineering society also started a scholarship in his name. Family members said 17 high school graduates have received it.
A Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity, 20 E. Ridgely Road, Timonium, where he was a member.
In addition to his daughter, survivors include two sons, Charles Brubaker of Baltimore and David Brubaker of