• Martin Weinberg ’57

    Martin 84, of Delray Beach passed away June 24, 2015. Beloved husband of Elaine for 54 years, loving father of Mona (Steven) Miller, Sheryl (Mark) Scheer, a cherished grandfather of Matthew, Ashley, Danielle, Corey and Lindsay and a devoted brother of Paul (Linda) Weinberg. 

  • Robert M. Straub ’57

    Robert M. Straub, age 79 of Hockessin, DE, passed away on Monday, June 22, 2015.Robert was born in New York City on August 5th, 1935, son of the late Henry and Olga (Rozemberk) Straub. He was a 1953 graduate of Cardinal Hayes High School, and 1957 graduate of Brooklyn Polytech College where he earned his degree in chemical engineering. Robert served in the US Army including 2 years of active duty, and another 33 years as colonel, retiring in 1991. He worked for the DuPont Company from 1957 until his retirement in 1993.He is survived by his children, Michael Straub, Jackie Straub and Karen Straub; his brother, Richard O'Dea and his wife, June; his niece, Lorraine; and several cousins, members of his extended family; and his dog, Sandy. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jayne in 2012.

  • Fortunata V. Altmayer ’55

    ALTMAYER - Fortunata (Narda) Vitanza, age 91, of West Hempstead. Devoted wife of the late Ronald, caring mother and mother-in-law of Nancy and Peter Silver, proud grandmother of Harrison and Emily Silver. A graduate of Hunter College High School and Hunter College class of 1943, she subsequently earned Master's Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (now NYU) and in Computer Science from Stony Brook University. A pioneer in traditionally male dominated fields, she held technical positions at Clark Thread, Bell Laboratories, Sperry Corporation, and Republic Aviation, finally retiring as Senior Engineer at Grumman Corporation after a 25 year career with that firm. Fiercely independent, she was inquisitive and vibrant until her last days. Hers was a life well lived, and she will be missed. 

  • John J. McCormack ’55

    After a full and wonderful life, John Joseph McCormack of New Hyde Park passed away on June 3, 2015. Loving husband of Eileen for 63 years, John was a native of Brooklyn, a graduate of St. John's Prep and Brooklyn Polytechnic and a WW II veteran, and had a successful career as a civil engineer for NY Telephone Company. He was a forever supportive father to six children and their spouses, Eileen and John Francis (Pearl River, NY), Meg and Steve Singer (Norfolk, MA), John J. McCormack Jr. (Mahwah, NJ), Michael McCormack (Congers, NY) Timothy and Maria McCormack (Tappan, NY), and Kevin and Patricia McCormack (Orangeburg, NY). After retiring, he was the fun-loving chaperone for ten grandchildren, Mary Kate, Sean, and Neil Francis; Sydney, Tim, Sarah and Mei Singer; and Teigue, Ingrid and Clare McCormack. 

  • Richard G. Gardella ’53, ’67

    Richard George Gardella of Westport died July 5 at home. He was 82.Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on April 12, 1933, he has been a resident of Westport since 1968. He graduated from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute and obtained his master’s in business from New York University. He was employed by Mobil Oil Corp. for most of his career and retired as an executive.

    He volunteered for many organizations.  He was an advisor to the Staples Young Engineers Club, was a board member for the Westport Science & Engineering Fair, a driver for the Red Cross, a board member for the Town of Westport, a member of the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston and a member of the Nutmeg chapter of retired Mobil employees. Survivors in addition to Birgith (Marie), his wife of 59 years, include one daughter, Karen Jean Robinson, her husband, James, and two grandchildren, Richard James (RJ), and Isabel Marie of Woodbury.  In addition to his parents, one sister, Joan Kennedy, also predeceased him.

  • Harry Arthur Fischer ’53

    Harry Arthur Fischer, 88, of Interlochen, died peacefully on Aug. 2, 2015, surrounded by his family. Harry was born in 1927 in Wurzburg, Germany, the eldest son of Karl and Eva Fischer. He immigrated to America with his parents later that year. He married Helma, the love of his life, in 1959 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Bayside, New York. They were married for 56 years and raised three children together; Harry (Stephanie), Eleanore (Robert) Richards and Bruce (Anne). They were blessed with eight grandchildren; Margaret, Adam, Grace, Christian, John, William, Claire and Luke. Harry also has two nephews who survive him, Douglas (Janine) and their daughters Alexandra and Sydney and James (Diana) and their son Karl.

    Harry was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Karl, and his sister-in-law Elaine.Harry started college at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1943 at age 16, enlisted in the Navy in 1945 at age 18, and was honorably discharged in 1946. He immediately returned to college, completing his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1948. While working for New Jersey-based Drew Chemical Corporation, he earned his master’s degree in chemical engineering in 1953 from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (now New York University). He then joined Sunshine Biscuits on Long Island, New York, first as a chemical engineer, and then in management.

    After the company was bought out, he chose to make a lifestyle and career transition and moved with his family to the Midwest to take a job with Werner Lehara (Baker Perkins/APV Baker). He worked for APV Baker in both Saginaw, and Grand Rapids, rising to the position of vice president corporate development. He retired in 1992 after 21 years with the company. Upon his retirement, Harry and Helma moved to Interlochen, where living on Green Lake helped satisfy his passion for fishing and boating. He served on the board and as president of the Green Lake Association.

    The most important thing in life to Harry was his family; he was happiest surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren. Harry loved to fish in both salt and freshwater, acquiring an impressive array of rods, boats and tackle. In early retirement, Harry and Helma traveled extensively with their camper, taking extended trips throughout the United States, but most often to locations with great fishing. Harry also loved woodworking, he was an accomplished cabinetmaker as well as a carver and turner. Every Christmas he handmade wooden toys, sleds, rocking horses, furniture and jewelry boxes for his grandchildren. He was an all-around handy-man, able to fix just about anything. He had an encyclopedic memory, an analytical mind, and tremendous problem solving skills. He was an avid reader, constantly challenging himself with difficult scientific and engineering texts. Harry was also a member of Tau Beta Pi, an engineering honor society.

  • Sharad A. Patel ’51, Ph.D. ’55

    Patel Dr. Sharad A. Patel, 1925-2015. Sharad A. Patel recently died in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 7, 2015. He was born Sharadchandra Ambalal Patel in a small village called Uttarsanda, Gujurat, India to Ambalal and Kashi Patel. His wife, Elizabeth (Penn) Patel and two elder brothers Chitaranjan and Raman predeceased him. He joined Brooklyn Polytechnic (now NYU Poly), where he obtained his masters and doctorate and stayed to teach over 40 years and lived in Brooklyn, NY and Mount Vernon, NY with his family. He is survived by his three children, Anand Paul (Chek Ng) Patel of Albany, NY, Mark (Christine) Patel of Cincinnati, OH, Pratima Sampler of New York and 'adopted' daughter, Manjula of India; grandchildren, Tyrone, Serena and Sean. He is deeply missed by innumerable family members and friends on several continents.

  • Harry J. Abrams ’51

    Age 85, of Masonic Village, passed away on Thursday, July 30, 2015. He was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1929 to the late Harry and Susan (Streicher) Abrams. Beloved husband for 63 years of Helen (Ronnquist) Abrams; loving father of Lynn Abrams- Comtois of Phoenix, AZ, Patricia Abrams and Neil Abrams (Janet); cherished grandfather of Jennifer Wilson, Ashley and Kristi Comtois, Jordin, Connor and Nathaniel Abrams; brother of the late Marilyn Milana. Harry retired from Robicon Corporation of Plum where he was VP of Engineering. He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. Harry graduated from NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. 

  • Irving L Soffer ’51, ’55

    SOFFER-Irving, 95, on July 5, 2015 in Palo Alto, CA. Born in New York City. Port Authority Structural Engineer on the World Trade Center and Kennedy Airport. Survived by his son Stuart (Susan Field) of Menlo Park, CA; brother Sheldon of Manhattan, and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his wife Rosalyn. 

  • Herman A. Haefele ’50, ’68

    Herman Albert "Bob" Haefele died peacefully at home with his wife at his side on June 29, 2015 in Huntington, NY after a long illness. He was 92 years old.Born in Astoria, Queens, an enclave of German immigrants, on July 24, 1922, to Anna Baither and Albert Haefele, Bob remained an adored only child. Christian Baither, a maternal cousin close in age, was like a brother to him.

    Upon graduation from Jamaica High School and realizing that music was not prosperous enough as a full-time occupation, he took a job for $12 a week as an office boy for McFadden Publications. He then worked as a glass blower at Sperry Gyroscope on Long Island, making klystron tubes for the first radar equipment used in Britain to defend against German aircraft attacks.Drafted in 1943, Bob was a bombardier with the 14th Air Force, Flying Tigers Group under General Claire Lee Chennault who used innovative dive-and-zoom attacks borrowed from Soviet units serving with the Chinese Air Force. Awarded four Air Medals and two Distinguished Flying Crosses for combat missions against the Japanese in China, Bob himself said, "I flew the Hump (the name given by Allied pilots during WW II to the Eastern end of the Himalayas) between India and China several times. In my spare time, I was the base radio station manager and disc jockey. I was lucky…some close calls, but I came back in good shape."

    The Flying Tigers were so successful in helping to defend China from Japanese invasion, that the Chinese government has honored the veterans through the years. In March 2015, a museum was opened on Yang Tang Airfield in Guilin, China, which served as the command base for combat missions In China. Bob's involvement in the Flying Tigers was an important part of his life because to him it was an example of mankind coming together successfully for a common cause. Success was his byline as well, as "playing it by ear," a favorite expression of his.

    After graduating from New York University School of Engineering in 1950, Bob secured a job at Sonotone Corporation in Elmsford, NY where he met his future wife, Ida Lamattina of White Plains when they both volunteered for the Employee Social Organization. Following gender roles in the 1950's, Bob was the President and Ida was the Secretary. In the words of his wife of almost 60 years, Ida said, "Naturally, we did things together socially and found we had an attraction for one another…Bob moved on to other job opportunities but he won my heart." They married in November, 1955 in White Plains but worked together again for 30 years at Northrup Grumman on Long Island, Ida as a secretary and Bob as a Division Head.

    After earning a Master's Degree from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, Bob joined the Grumman Corporation and was part of the team of scientists and engineers for the Apollo 11 spaceflight that put the first man on the moon in 1969. In addition to working on a Ph.D. at Hofstra University in education administration, he taught Business Management at night at SUNY Farmingdale as an adjunct professor for 18 years. He was also a Freemason.

    A gentleman, bon vivant and family photographer, Bob and his wife traveled the world and indulged many nieces and nephews including Dr. Jeanne Dietrich of Bedford, NY, Phyllis Dietrich Scott of Valley Cottage, NY, Edward Dietrich of San Diego, CA, Monica Olivet Korte of Clearwater, FL, and Teresa Mary Lamattina Berry of Brewster, NY.