Carl Janow

by | Nov 6, 2015 | Obituaries

Virginia Beach —Carl Janow passed away on Monday, October 26, 2015, at his residence.

He was born August 14, 1923 in Rhinebeck, N. Y. to Rebecca Gazen and Morris Janow.

Carl graduated from Clarkson University School of Technology in Potsdam, N.Y. with a degree in electrical engineering. He was a radio airman during World War II and received an honorable discharge from the Army/Air Corps. He met his wife, Irene Katz, at a dance in Newport News and they were married in March 1952 in Norfolk, Va. Soon after, they moved to Falls Church, Va. and began their family. Carl worked at NASA Headquarters as an electrical/ aeronautical engineer and worked on many of the Apollo projects. The Janows raised their family in Falls Church and were active in the Jewish Community. Carl was a member of Congregation Beth El in Norfolk.

In addition to his parents, Carl was predeceased by his sisters, Rosie Gazer and Esther Bernstein and a brother Gordon Janow.

Carl is survived by his wife of 63 years, Irene Katz Janow, his daughters Marcia Kay (Bruce) of Bethesda, Md. and Leora Drory (Nathan) of Virginia Beach, five (five) grandchildren, Jennifer, Sara, Erika, Danit and Aaron, a sister-in-law Linda Janow and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held in Forest Lawn Cemetery conducted by Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz.

Donations to Hebrew Academy of Tidewater, Multiple Sclerosis and/ or Congregation Beth El. H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Online condolences may be offered at