Alfred L. ‘Al’ Yergey III, 76

Alfred L. “Al” Yergey III, 76, passed away in the presence of his wife and children on Sunday, May 27, 2018. He was an avid cyclist and an advocate for safe riding, but he was fatally struck by a car in Ocean View, Del., while cycling on May 26, 2018.

Raised in Willow Grove, Pa., he was the oldest of four siblings, including Ronald Yergey, James Yergey and Karen Duncan. He graduated from Muhlenberg College in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree and from Pennsylvania State University in 1967 with a doctorate in 1967.

A resident of Columbia, Md., from its inception and heavily involved in the Lutheran Church of the Living Word and the Howard County Striders for decades, Yergey truly found a “home” in Ocean View in retirement.

Yergey was a true “Renaissance man.” A notable musician, passionate botanical illustrator and highly-regarded chef, he was also a well-respected researcher and widely published in his field of biomedical applications of mass spectrometry. Yergey devoted 40 years of service to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), serving as a section head and later scientist emeritus in Child Health & Human Development (NICHD).

Yergey is survived by his wife, Patricia Barnett Yergey; his children, A. Karl Yergey, Beth Scalese, Amy Yergey and Wendy Meadows; grandchildren, Allison and Samantha Scalese, Grace and Elisha Gibbs, and Grayson and Ava Meadows.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, June 18, 2018, at 2 p.m. at Saint Martha’s Episcopal Church in Bethany Beach, Del. Family and friends will also celebrate his life on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Ocean View, Del.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial donations to The Yergey Family Endowed Scholarship in Chemistry at Muhlenberg College at (or by contacting his brother, Jim, at; the Adventure Cycling Association at, or the Ocean View Historical Society at