March 2020 OES Beacon

Fred Maltz Obituary

Frederick H. Maltz receives the Emeritus Award from
OES president René Garello at OCEANS 2016 Monterey.

With sadness, we again announce the passing of another of our long-time OES colleagues—Fred Maltz. Frederick (Fred) Harold Maltz of Mountain View, CA died on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at age 88.

Fred grew up in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles and attended Los Angeles High School. He received his B.S. degree from the University of California at Los Angeles in General Engineering and M.S. degree from Stanford University in Mathematical Statistics.

Fred’s career spanned over 45 years of research and development in the fields of oceanic engineering, aerospace electronics, and communications engineering. Upon graduation from UCLA in 1953, he joined the Navy Research Lab to work on Long Range and High-Resolution Sonar. A couple years later, Fred took a commission with the U.S. Navy and served three years as an Airborne CIC Officer/Naval Air Observer Controller with radar picket duty flights over the North Atlantic. After finishing his M.S. degree at Stanford in 1962, Fred became a Research Scientist at the Lockheed Martin Advanced Systems Development Center in Palo Alto, CA. He received an award from NASA for his work on electromagnetic scattering and remote sensing in the early phases of SEASAT. In 1985, he joined Westinghouse as Principal Engineer for the development of sonar systems and acoustic signal processing for surface ship ASW combat systems. Fred rejoined Lockheed Martin in 1987 to lead an independent development project for the analysis of high-frequency sonar and acoustic signal processing onboard Autonomous Underwater Vehicles.

Fred was a Life Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Oceanic Engineering Society (OES). He served as Editor of the Society’s newsletter from 1988 to 2008 as well as six terms as an elected member of the Society’s Administrative Committee (See the article on the OES Newsletter history in this issue). Fred was the IEEE Standards Coordinator for the Society for several years and chaired tutorial programs at AUV ’96 and the OCEANS conferences in 1996, 1999, and 2000. He received the OES Distinguished Service Award in 2000 and the IEEE OES Emeritus Award in 2016 with appreciation and thanks for his long years of service as Editor of the Society Newsletter.

Fred loved sailing, photography (especially of boats), ballroom dancing, genealogy, and listening to classical music. He enjoyed both traveling the world with his beloved wife, Lucy, and hiking the nearby Stanford Dish. In addition to Fred’s keen intelligence and many professional accomplishments, he will be remembered for his humility, kindness, gentle nature, and the mischievous glimmer in his eye that followed a witty comment.

A family celebration of his life was held onboard a 50-foot sailboat in the San Francisco Bay on Saturday, October 19, 2019. RIP Fred.