Irving Mager
Irving Mager
  • January 17, 1936 - November 11, 2017
  • Virginia Beach, Maryland

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Irving "Pete" Mager, Jr. of Annapolis passed away on November 11, 2017 at the age of 81. His death was the result of heart failure.

He was a staunch advocate of education and community service. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University and subsequently graduated from both the Naval War College (Newport RI) and the National Intelligence University (Bolling AFB DC). At the age of 77 he obtained his Master of Science degree in Administration majoring in Information Resource Management from Central Michigan University.

Community service included being an office in the PTA at his Annapolis neighborhood elementary school, heading up for several years the YMCA-Indian Guide (Father-Son) program for Anne Arundel County, serving for 7 years first as Vice-President and then as President of the Admiral Heights Improvement Association, being a member of the Environmental Commission for the City of Annapolis, and subsequently serving for 8 years on the Annapolis City Council as Alderman for the 2nd Ward as well as serving on various committees of the National League of Cities. His first term as Alderman was unusual as he had won his election as a late-entry "write-in" candidate; believed to be the first municipal government official to be so selected in a state capital city on the east coast.

He loved serving his Lord at his church, Heritage Baptist, as bus driver for the Exceptional Learners (developmentally challenged) Sunday School class, Trustee, Deacon, and Moderator for the church's Business meetings.

Besides his endeavors of continuing education and politics, he enjoyed the many decades of frequent world-wide traveling with his wife; and especially spending time together at their Time Share unit in Cabo San Lucas MX. His many grandchildren gave him much joy and pleasure. At the age of 70 he discovered his latest hobby of skydiving which he enjoyed immensely; especially when jumping from 14,000 feet over the north shore of Oahu HI.

His first professional employment was with the Bendix Radio in Towson helping to design and build the world's first operational large scale military phased-array space detection and tracking radar which is still operating at Eglin AFB to this day. This was followed by employment with Bunker-Ramo in White Oak designing and building airborne electronic warfare systems supporting the US Marine Corps during the Vietnam War years. His final employment was with the federal government in Annapolis where he worked in the capacity as a radio frequency spectrum engineer at the Joint Spectrum Center for several decades; and having traveled extensively overseas supporting US Department of Defense interests in over 40 countries.

Pete is survived by his wife Faye Mager of 52 years, his brothers Harris and John; daughter Tami Litvak and son Bryan Mager (both from an earlier marriage) and their respective spouses Jeff Litvak and Marsha Mager; his two sons Grant and Stuart Mager (both from his current marriage to Faye) and their respective spouses Kendall Mager and Lesli Reyes; his 12 grandchildren include Amber O'Brien, Gerrit Lewis, Tara Mager, Katie Lewis, Elizabeth Fine, Rebecca Lewis, Zachary Mager, Blake Mager, Ava Mager, Aryel Reyes Mager, Aiyana Reyes Mager and Liam Reyes Mager; and 2 great grandchildren Sawyer O'Brien and Nala Lewis..

The family will receive friends at the John M. Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Gloucester Street Annapolis, MD 21401 on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM. A Funeral Service will be held in Heritage Baptist Church 1740 Forest Dr, Annapolis, MD 21401 on Friday at 10:30 AM. A reception will immediately follow in the church hall. The family and friends will reassemble at Meadowridge Memorial Park 7250 Washington Blvd, Elkridge, MD 21075 at 2:30 PM for Interment Services.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heritage Baptist Church in Annapolis, MD or the Gideons International Annapolis Camp.