James Joseph Duckworth, 82, of Ocean Pines, Md. died Dec. 21, 2014, at Guiding Hands Assisted Living, in Berlin.
Born May 21, 1932, in Miner’s Hospital, Frostburg Md., James was the eldest son of the late Stanley James Duckworth and Mary V. Comins Duckworth.
James graduated from Beall High School in Frostburg, in June 1950 and enlisted in the US Air Force, as the Korean War began. He served a four-year tour of duty, reaching the rank of staff sergeant. Under the GI Bill, Jim attended Carnegie Institute of Technology (Carnegie Mellon), graduating in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.
James Duckworth’s career as an electronics design engineer spanned 42 years; about one dozen patents are attributed to his efforts.
In June, 2000, he retired, as member of the technical staff, from defense/aerospace electronics company BAE Systems in Wayne, N.J. That same year, he relocated from Pompton Lakes, N.J., to Ocean Pines, with his wife, Judith.
In retirement, Jim continued his lifelong photography interest, specializing in local native wildlife. He enjoyed machining in his workshop, dining in local restaurants, and attending MSO concerts. He volunteered weekly at Shad Landing, Pocomoke River State Park, working with disabled birds of prey and other animals.
He participated in the Assateague Coastal Trust’s “oyster gardener” program for years. Jim had also been a member of the Ocean Pines Boat Club, the Ocean City Power Squadron and the Ocean Pines Angler’s Club.
James Duckworth is survived by his beloved wife of 30 years, Judith Openhym Duckworth; a brother, Samuel Duckworth and his wife, Virginia Duckworth of Catonsville, Md.; a daughter, Marsha of New Jersey; a sister, Marie of Cumberland, Md.; a sister-in-law, Alice Duckworth of Nokesville, Va.; nieces, Julie Rider of Manassas, Va., and Terri Dorris of Culpepper, Va.; and great-nephew, Derek Rhodes of Manassas Park, Va.
Jim will be missed by his special “Guiding Hands” family. Many thanks to the kind and caring staff who assisted him there.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, Maryann; a brother, John Duckworth; a daughter, Paula Duckworth; and his in-laws, Alex and Teresa Openhym.
James Duckworth pre-arranged to be an organ donor and to donate himself to the Anatomy Board of Maryland for medical research, following which, he will be cremated and then interred in the Board’s dedicated gravesite in Sykesville, Md.
Donations in Jim’s memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 909 Progress Circle, Suite 400, Salisbury, Md., 21804.