- September 2, 1941 - November 25, 2016
- Joppa, Maryland
of Janet's Passing
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“Joe, Carol and I were very sorry to read of Janet's passing. She was a very special lady when she was helping you at RASSAC when Jean and Anne Were...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Neil Helfrich
“Dear sweet Janet. What a hero to horses in need. I have two who surely greeted you upon your arrival. Prayers for Joe.
2 of 7 | Posted by: Kelly Hanahan - Olathe, KS
“So very sorry to hear of the passing of my dear horse rescue buddy, Brambles. Prayers of peace for family and friends.
3 of 7 | Posted by: Jane Dobbs - Russellville, AR
“I was saddened and shocked to hear of Janet's death. I worked for her for 22 years and I will miss her.We went our separate ways when we retired and...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Pat Hill - Bel Air, MD - Coworker
“Joe, sorry to hear of Janet's passing, she was an inspiration to many.
5 of 7 | Posted by: Harry Rogers - Aiken, SC
“You gave much to scholarship and country I was fortunate to learn calculus From you at jhu and to work with you at BRL. RIP my sympathies, Joe
6 of 7 | Posted by: Drew Dietrich
“The world lost a beautiful soul, you will be deeply missed Janet. Give Tendresse a pat....
7 of 7 | Posted by: Le Ann Box - Greenland, AR
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Janet Engelke Lacetera, born in Jamaica, Queens, New York to John and Lilian Engelke on September 2nd, 1941, and married to Joseph Lacetera, her spouse of 54 years, passed away on November 25, 2016. Her death was the result of pulmonary failure after a long bout with accumulating illnesses, including rheumatoid arthritis and non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Janet had an IQ of 174 and was valedictorian of Andrew Jackson High School, which at the time had an enrollment of over 11, 000 students. On her graduation from high school she was offered scholarships from Johns Hopkins and Cornell, but chose to do her undergraduate studies near home at Hofstra where she received Bachelor's Degrees in both Mathematics and English History. She again received offers from both Johns Hopkins and Cornell, and chose to do her graduate work at The Johns Hopkins University where she received a Master's degree in Mathematics. In 1965, she joined her husband Joseph Lacetera in the Theoretical Physics Branch of the U. S. Army's Nuclear Defense Laboratory where they performed studies of x-ray propagation and energy deposition in targets. She subsequently performed hydrodynamics modeling of shaped charges at the U. S. Army's Ballistic Research Laboratory which later became the Army Research Laboratory where she rose to the level of Weapon-Systems Analysis Branch Chief. After retiring from her government position she worked as a contractor for the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC). Janet was a fine athlete and the second president of the Renaissance Allsports Athletics Club (RASAC), the Harford County running club; was a key figure in the club's early development, and was inducted into the club's Honor Roll in the first year that honor was offered. She was also a board member of the South Atlantic Association of USA Track & Field, the national governing body in amateur running competition. Socially, Janet was known for her significant financial support to horse rescues and other animal charities. She is survived, only by her husband, Joseph.
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