Sign In
Membership is open to former COMSAT employees and surviving spouses.
If you are not getting important email announcements from COMARA, please email

Last update: 26-Sep-2019

Next Board Meeting

Nov 21, 2019, 11:30

Location: Mechanick Mansion

First Day in December 2019 Event

Dec 4, 2019 at Woodside Deli
Order meal and Pay at Event
Reservations: Use Form

Board of Directors Election

Friday, Sep 20, 2019

Upcoming COMARA Events

Election Results Class of 2019 Directors

Voting for the 2019 Class of Directors to the COMARA Board ended September 20. Thanks for all members who used the online ballot or requested assistance for returning your vote. The new Directors were added to the Board at the 2019 COMARA Social.

Checkboxes indicate the winning nominees.
Fred Kelly Director
Geza Serenyi Director
Ron Johnson Director

COMARA Social Photos, Sunday, Sep 22, Thats Amore

2019 COMARA Social Photos
September 22, 2019
Thats Amore (Rockville)

Here are a few photos from the 2019 COMARA Social
Thanks to Geza Serenyi and Paul Schrantz for sharing these pictures.
See View 2019 Social Photos. - Wait for photos to load.

I received some pictures from Dan Shawen along with picture from the 2019 COMARA Social from Paul Schrantz and Gezy Serenyi. Dan's pictures are not from the social, but individual photos he collected of our colleagues at COMSAT. These will be added later when other work on the web site is complete. So - thanks, Daniel. Dan may be able to provide additional pictures.

First Wednesday in December - Dec 4, 1:30pm

A group of Labs employees started the First Wednesday in December gathering a number of years ago. The gathering was held at Roys Place in Gaithersburg.

Woodside Deli After COMARA was formed, and Lockheed Martin had purchased COMSAT, the gatherings continued. Unfortunately, Roys Place, a unique bar that offered an amazing selection of exotic sandwiches, has closed. Ron Johnson has been organizing gatherings for several years now, and found Woodside Deli (in the Germantown Commons shopping center) to be a suitable venue. The Woodside Deli is described as An Authentic Jewish deli and restaurant. They also offer an extensive selection of food.

Ron has completed arrangements to hold the First Wednesday in December 2019 at the Woodside Deli. So, join us December 4 at 1:30 for an afternoon of comaraderie and reminiscing. See the announcement at
First Wednesday in December 2019 - Dec 4 for information.

Teller's Comsat Legacy Gallery Pictures

Steve Teller has captured pictures from many COMARA gatherings since COMARA was founded. (Many of the same pictures can be found in various sections of the COMARA web site.) Steve has developed his own code for display of the collections, and has organized them in one are of his site. The pictures are found in the Gallery tab (top center of page)

Visit to see more detail about the COMSAT Legacy Project. The COMSAT Legacy Project was formed when Lockheed Martin acquired COMSAT. One main reason was to capture some of the history of COMSAT before it was lost. The COMSAT Legacy Project was headed by Ed Martin, and Steve was an important part of this organization.

Steve is also active in a company he founded after COMSAT was acquired by Lockheed Martin. His company specializes in in-orbit test of satellites. Steve's company is IOT Systems. View to see some his work.

COMSAT Slide Collection

One of the COMSAT Legacy collections is a box containing nearly 1100 slides. Dan DiFonzo recently took on the job of scanning the slides so our members, and the world can share them. This is a gargantuan job. Dan has created a OneDrive album and uploaded the slides to this album. This is a massive collection with a size of about 2GB.

From Dan DiFonzo: As promised, here is the link to view and/or download the 1100 Comsat slides that I scanned and digitized. These images have been uploaded to a OneDrive album.

Comsat Slides

Click the array to view the OneDrive Album

The notation on each slide refers to the drawer that contained the slides in the 3 across x 6 down set of plastic drawers. Otherwise, the slides are numbered in the order I scanned them. Only 14 of the drawers had slides.
Daniel F. DiFonzo

If you have already paid your 2019 membership dues, thank you for your support. If you have not yet paid your 2019 membership dues of $15 per year, please send a check to COMARA using our PO Box or use PayPal. Better yet, please send in $30 for both your 2019 and 2020 membership dues.
PO Box 34594
Bethesda, MD 20827
Pay with PayPal
What's New
Author's Corner
Benefits Information
Email and address Problems
John McLucas Book
In Memoriam
Board of Directors
  • Denis Curtin - 2017
  • Dan DiFonzo - 2017
  • Bob Kinzie - 2017
  • Maury Mechanick - 2018
  • David Lee - 2018
  • Richard Rankin - 2018
  • Fred Kelly - 2019
  • Geza Serenyi - 2019
  • Ron Johnson - 2019
  • Maury Mechanick - President
  • Fred Kelly - Secretary
  • Geza Serenyi - Treasurer
  • Denis Curtin - Social
  • TBD - Membership
  • Ron Johnson - 1st Wednesday
  • Paul Schrantz - Legacy
  • Rich Lustig - Benefits
  • Jack Hannon - Benefits
  • Ron Garlow - Webmaster


userType: 0 adminType: 0

mode=1 , type=0 , admin=0 ,