Michael Brian Yachmetz passed away peacefully at his home on October 28, 2020 after a valiant 20+ year battle with Parkinson’s,
Mr. Yachmetz was born on September 2, 1947 in Bayonne, NJ. He graduated from St. Peter’s Prep School in Jersey City, NJ and upon receiving a National Merit Scholarship Award attended Johns Hopkins University where he obtained two Bachelor’s degrees (Arts and Science & Engineering) and a Masters of Administrative Science. Michael’s early jobs were in the decorative glass industry at Carr-Lowery, in the labs at Maryland (Sweetheart) Cup and in the chemical lab at W.R. Grace. He began his career at NASA with Northrop Services, Inc. in 1978, later acquired by ManTech International Corporation, and retired as a Sr. Vice President from ManTech in 2013 after working in the aerospace industry at Goddard Space Flight Center for over 35 years. Under his leadership ManTech received the George M. Low NASA Quality and Excellence Award. He served as President of the Goddard Contractors Association in 2005. He received the NASA Public Service Award given to non-government employees for exceptional contributions to the NASA mission.
Michael loved music and Broadway. In his youth he enjoyed playing pickup basketball and tennis. He developed a passion for boating that spanned 15 years and three beautiful cruisers and he captained many a run up the Chesapeake Bay. He liked to travel and after covering much of North America in his younger years, fell in love with the Caribbean and vacationed on almost every island over the next 30 years. He also visited several countries in Europe and Asia.
Michael was an excellent cook and always enjoyed the finest of restaurants from a very early age. In the past 10 years, Michael initiated the Fine Dining Club of Silo Point and of Two Rivers and managed to convince some of the best dining establishments in the Metro area to allow him to bring in large groups with no restrictions.
Michael is predeceased by his parents Michael and Alexandria. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Nancy, daughter and son-in-law Christina & Rick Dombrowski, son and daughter-in-law Tony & Denise Keim, grandchildren Kayla Keim, Byshop Keim, Devon Keim, Lucas Keim, Ricky Dombrowski and Duncan Keim, sister and brother-in-law Cynthia & John Mulligan, brother and sister-in-law Jimmy and Angie Amos, sister-in-law, Anamaria Prestandra, and his Morkie pup, Kyle.
The family has expressed their wish that gestures of sympathy in lieu of flowers be made by charitable donations to the "Johns Hopkins University", c/o Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine, 550 North Broadway, Suite 724A, Baltimore, MD 21205. Please include a note indicating the donation is in memory of Michael Yachmetz and intended to benefit the Parkinson’s disease research and education in the Department of Neurology. Memorial gifts can also be made securely online at https://secure.jhu.edu/form/neuro.
Services are private at the request of the family due to COVID restrictions.
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