OBITUARY

Irving Josiah Winters, Jr.

June 5, 1927January 26, 2021

Irving Josiah Winters, Ph.D. passed away at 7:09 pm on January 26, 2021 at Anne Arundel Hospital in Annapolis, MD from COVID pneumonia. He is survived by his wife Wendy Glasgow Winters Ph.D., his son Tony Winters, his stepchildren Allison Glasgow Lafontaine, Roger Glasgow, and his grandchildren, Skyla Winters, Erica Winters, Roland Winters, and Quinn Lafontaine.

Irving Josiah Winters was born June 5, 1927 at St. John’s Hospital in Brooklyn NY and grew up in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn NY. He received early admission to Yale University through the Navy V-12 college training program. While at Yale, he majored in mechanical engineering and was a member of Yale’s swim team. Designated a Branford fellow, he graduated in 1947. His first position was at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) now known as NASA at Langley Air Force base in Virginia. There he worked on high-speed wind tunnels, and supersonic aircraft.

Irv traveled across the country working on various engineering projects during segregation. He was “not allowed” to dine with his engineering colleagues in the same dining room and had to eat in the colored dining room. His colleagues, so offended by this, went and ate their meals with Irv in the segregated dining room.

He then worked at GE in New York City before the opportunity to work at Brookhaven Laboratory on their particle research program presented itself. In the 70’s Irving returned to Yale and worked in the mechanical engineering and physics department. He met Wendy at a Pierson College social gathering for African American students.

Three years later, when Wendy was completing her doctorate in Sociology at Yale and preparing to travel to Africa for an international conference on social welfare, she ran into Irving at the University’s health care center. Irving had been hit by a car on his bicycle but was well enough to ask Wendy to send him a post card from Africa. When Wendy returned, they started dating.

They were married at Bethel Chapel at Yale University in 1973. Reverend William Sloane Coffin presided over the ceremony.

Irv was an avid sailor and introduced Wendy and the children to the joys of sailing through the Yale yacht club. He first started sailing on Sheep’s Head Bay in Brooklyn and taught Tony his son how to sail on Great South Bay in Long Island and Allison and Roger on Long Island sound in New Haven.

When Irving and Wendy moved to Annapolis, Irv continue to enjoy his sailboats and participated in the Annapolis to Bermuda race. Irving and his wife frequently sailed from Annapolis to Martha’s Vineyard for summer vacations. Irv owned several sailboats with colorful names like, Rafiki, Echinoderm and Blues Away.

We will never forget his jovial laugh, his love of jazz and science and his love of his family and friends.

Services

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Anne Marie Maggio

February 1, 2021

My sincere condolences to the WINTERS family.
I had the chance to live with Wendy and Irv , back in the seventies while I was an exchanged student from France.
And I was very impressed by his personality and his wisdom !
They brought me so much joy and l will always be grateful
Rest In Peace Irving
Anne Marie

Bruce Poli

January 31, 2021

Irving was a Prince, a Joy, and a great friend to all. His sense of humor revealed his wit and intelligence and he always made us feel at home with him.
The world is better for him.

We will all miss you and the pleasure of your company. All our love from Suzanne and me to Wendy, Tony and the whole wonderful family - Roger, Alison, Anna, Mary and all of you.

His was a noble life.

Elif Armbruster

January 31, 2021

Dearest Wendy, Ally, and Rog,
Irv was one of my favorite men on the planet. From the very first time I met him back in the 70s I was drawn to his kindness, gentleness, wisdom, and humor. I am so grateful for all the memories, and his (and your) presence at my wedding, and the beautiful wedding album he made Bill and me. Truly, I will never forget dear Irv. All my love to you during this devastating time. ❤️

Linda and Clayton Blick

January 31, 2021

Dearest Irv,
Thank you for 45 years of treasured memories. You were always there in good times and sad times. We couldn’t ask for a better friend/ family of choice who brought all of us such joy, comfort, wisdom and love on land and at sea. So many memories that make us smile.

Dearest Wendy, Roger, Allison, Tony, Anna, Mary, Skyla, Erica, Roland and Quinn - you were loved infinitely and unconditionally by this great and gentle man.

RIP dearest Irv. We will miss you with all of our hearts.

Love and deepest condolences to each of you,

Linda, Clayton, Kirby and Casey

Kerstein Carter Snowden

January 31, 2021

Sending my deepest condolences and love to my family. He is a wealth of love. I remember him as a little girl being the elder we sat under to learn bc he ALWAYS had knowledge to share. My heart breaks 💔..

Carol Schraft

January 31, 2021

Wendy and Allison - I was very sorry to hear about Irving’s passing. I remember you coming to our home when Micah, our youngest was born. Irving had a magical way of calming the baby and amusing Adam and Dara at the same time. I have so many fond memories of our days at Yale Child Study and the both of you. Please know you are in my thoughts.

Elaine Ganat

January 31, 2021

My sincere condolences to the Winters family. May Irvimg Rest In Peace . He lived a wonderful life and accomplished so much. He has left the world a better place and his legacy will live on.
God bless his wife Wendy and keep her safe.
Love you all.
Elaine

Valerie Pierce

January 30, 2021

To The Winters/Glasgow family I send you my deepest sympathy, but greatest admiration for Mr. Winters' inspiring life well lived. The educational and career accomplishments he achieved, as well as the exciting life adventures he experienced with his loving and supportive family gives me pause and fills my heart.

May the remembrance of all the Joy you had together comfort you during this difficult time.

Love, Valerie Pierce

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