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Kenneth J. Karwoski
Viewing: January 23, 2017(Monday) from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m.
Service: January 23, 2017 (Monday) at 10:30 a.m.
Location: St. Mary's Catholic Church

Kenneth J. Karwoski, age 53, of Germantown, MD died unexpectedly on Monday, January 9, 2017 while battling cancer. Ken was the Senior Technical Advisor for Steam Generator Integrity and Materials Inspection at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in Washington, DC. He authored numerous publications about materials engineering issues related to safe nuclear power plant operations and presented same to public and technical audiences including the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards. Ken was active in multiple ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Committees and was the NRC’s representative on the “Board on Nuclear Codes & Standards.” Ken was born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in its northeastern suburbs. After graduating as valedictorian from Clintondale High School in 1981, he earned a BS in Chemistry with high honors from Wayne State University. Ken then attended Naval Officer Candidate School and Naval Nuclear Power School where he received commendation for superior leadership and technical skills and for outstanding performance as Engineering Officer of the Watch. He served on the USS James K. Polk and achieved the rank of Lieutenant. His military decorations include the Navy Achievement Award for outstanding professional performance. After leaving the Navy in 1990, Ken worked at DuPont Chemicals before beginning his career at the NRC. Ken traveled to many places in the US and around the world during his employment at the NRC. He was just shy of achieving "million mile" status. Ken also enjoyed hiking, white-water rafting, fast cars and puzzles of any sort. He was an avid Detroit Red Wings fan.

Ken is survived by his daughters, Allison and Melissa, and their mother, Claudia Manzo. He is also survived by his siblings: Patricia (Henry) Sachs, Martha Karwoski, and John (Debra) Karwoski; nieces and nephews: Julie Sachs, Drs. Jeffrey (Lindsey) Sachs, Maria Agostini and Michael Karwoski; and many dear cousins, friends and colleagues.

A celebration of Ken’s life will be held at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, 520 Veirs Mill Rd. in Rockville, MD on Monday, January 23, 2017. Visitation from 10 AM until time of mass at 10:30 AM. 

Internment at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his memory to the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center online at

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