• Joseph E. Amico '73

    Joseph E. Amico '73

    Joseph Edward Amico, 62, of Avon, beloved husband of Alice (Bove) Amico passed away Saturday, (September 7, 2013). He was born in Brooklyn, NY on April 21, 1951 to the late Erasmus Amico and Antonietta Amico. He lived there for many years and attended Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. He moved to Avon with his family in 1981. He was a successful mechanical engineer. He loved sports cars, music, audio equipment, and cooking delicious meals. But above all, his true passion was his family. Joe was a loving and devoted husband, wonderful father to two daughters, and the most amazing grandfather to his two grandchildren. He was also a dear mentor to so many. He lived life to the fullest with an outgoing personality that made everyone who knew him love him. He is survived by his adoring wife, Alice; his proud daughters, Loren (Amico) Clarke and Kimberly (Amico) Wolf; his brother, Marino Amico; his sisters, Vita Padalino, Julia Spampinato, and Lydia Landisi; his grandchildren, Ben and Kate Wolf; his sons in law, Matthew Clarke and Troy Wolf, and his many nephews, nieces, cousins, and brothers-in-law. He will be missed dearly by those who loved him.

  • Frederick M. Zinser, Jr. '51

    Frederick M. Zinser, Jr.  '51

    Frederick “Fred” M. Zinser, Jr., 85, passed away peacefully in his home on Dataw Island, SC on Sunday, September 15, 2013.
    Fred was born on May 12, 1928 in Queens, New York to the late Frederick M. Zinser, Sr. and Elsie Mueller Zinser.
    Fred spent his childhood in Maspeth, NY before serving in the army at age 17. Just two weeks before Fred left for Japan, he met his bride to be, Dorothy Nowatzy, on a blind date. They celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on August 19, 2013.
    Fred attended the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and graduated in 1951 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering later pursuing a master’s of business administration at New York University.
    Fred had a successful 42-year career, primarily covering all aspects of the copper telephone cable manufacturing business, both domestically and internationally, initially with Anaconda, then with Essex and United Technologies. Fred achieved the title President of the Telecommunications Products Division.
    Fred had a lifelong hobby of collecting model trains. He shared this hobby with his son, making a layout under the Christmas tree each year.
    In the mid 70’s, Fred obtained his private pilot’s license. He and Dorothy spent many hours flying to airports in Illinois and visiting family on the east coast, continuing to fly after moving to South Carolina.
     

  • Dr. Joseph T. Holden '44

    Dr. Joseph T. Holden '44

    A first generation son of Josef and Stanislawa (Golas) Kubikowski, Joseph T. Holden was born January 18, 1925. Settled in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Greenpoint, Joe earned a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (NYU) at the age of 18. Inducted into the U.S. Army, he participated in the V-2 Rocket program at the White Sands Missile Range, NM. After WWII, he enrolled in graduate studies at The University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned his Ph.D. in 1951. In Madison, Joe married Nancy Lynn Collier, who has been by his side for the past 65 years. He completed post-doctoral work on an NIH Fellowship at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA under Dr. Norman Horowitz, from 1951-1953. From 1953-1954 he worked as a research biochemist at DuPont in Wilmington, DE. The family returned to Pasadena and settled there in 1954.

    A pioneer in the field of Neurobiology Research, he joined The City of Hope in Duarte, CA. in 1954. He studied the structural and metabolic properties of bacteria, especially the cell boundary layers and nutrient transport systems. His laboratory was one of the earliest to establish the existence and role of transport proteins in moving amino acids across cell membranes. Previously, he discovered that a class of amino acids thought to be “unnatural” and to have no biological function, in fact were essential and unique structural components of bacteria. Among his numerous published papers, he edited “Amino acid pools : distribution, formation and function of free amino acids: Proceedings of a symposium on free amino acids held at the City of Hope Medical Center, Duarte, Calif. (U. S. A.) May 1961.” He played a key role in establishing the Beckman Research Institute at the City of Hope, and served as acting director from 1983 to 1993.

    An avid photographer and music devotee, he traveled the world eating well and enjoying fine wines. His love of photography led him to amass a considerable collection of books on the subject, the contents of which can be found online at josephholdenbooks.com. He was a man of great intellect with a sharp wit and expansive ideas. He was kind, generous and wise, and had a keen sense of humor. He was loved very much and will be greatly missed.
     

  • Robert A. Blohme '50

    Robert A. Blohme '50

    Robert A. Blohme, 89 of Leesburg, FL, passed away on January 30, 2013. He was born in New York City, NY and came here from Kew Gardens, NY, 30 years ago. He graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School and Brooklyn Polytechnic. He was a Professional Engineer and Secretary-Treasurer for Berley Industries in Brooklyn, NY. Robert was of the Lutheran faith and served in the U. S. Army. He enjoyed traveling with Gloria throughout the various places in the world.

  • Joseph E. Pagnotta '50

    Joseph E. Pagnotta '50

    Joseph Edward, 86, of Westwood, NJ died quietly on Wednesday, December 26, 2012, with his children at his side. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, to Joseph and Rose Pagnotta (nee Molinari). Joseph served his country proudly in the US Army during World War II. He went on to attended college at North Carolina State, and then completed his degree at the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. He worked for many years as a structural engineer for Seelye Stevenson Value & Knecht in Manhattan, as well as at various other firms. He was the president of the Westwood Baseball Association when his son Joe was a kid and, after retirement, he volunteered for many years at the Pascack Valley Hospital.

  • Richard Ess '57

    Richard Ess '57

    Richard D. Ess of Hastings passed on December 17th 2012 at the age of 76 leaving his grieving family. He was born and raised in Washington Heights. He married Carmen Mikulic of Croatia and moved to Hastings in 1969 where they raised their three children. Richard graduated from Brooklyn Polytechnical Institute with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with further study at Berkeley. Richard and his friend Branko Mandic founded B&B Consulting, a management consulting firm. They worked in NYC and signed off on major construction projects including the Marriot Marquis Hotel on Broadway, the Equitable Building on 7th Avenue and Barneys. In his free time he enjoyed life by spending winter vacations with his family, mostly in the Caribbean, and playing handball in his old neighborhood. He was a passionate tennis player and an avid reader and was a steady customer in the Hastings Diner and library. Richard's motto was "A man's goal in life should be the attainment of wisdom and the perfection of character."

  • Philip E. Brouillet '49

    Philip E. Brouillet '49

    Mr. Philip Emile Brouillet, Jr., age 88, a resident of Chocowinity, N.C., died Friday, February 10, 2012 at Vidant Inpatient Hospice, Greenville, N.C. Mr. Brouillet was born in Brooklyn, New York on August 28, 1923 to the late Philip Emile Brouillet and Mable Barbara Zipp Brouillet. Mr. Brouillet served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy as a Seabee, serving in Okinawa from 1943-45. On February 19, 1988, Mr. Brouillet married the former Rosemary Elizabeth Lynch, who survives. He was a graduate of Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. Mr. Brouillet worked on several large construction projects in the state of New York through his career. He was a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers (N.S.P.E.). Mr. Brouillet was a member of Mother of Mercy Catholic Church where he was involved with the St. Vincent DePaul Society.

  • Otto F. Gerkensmeier

    Otto F. Gerkensmeier

    Otto Frederick Gerkensmeier, 85, of Monmouth Beach, New Jersey, formerly of New York and Freehold, New Jersey passed away on Friday, January 4, 2013 at Monmouth Medical Center. Born in New York, Otto graduated from Grover Cleveland High School and enlisted in the United States Navy. He served on the USS Minivet-AM371-Minesweeper, which struck a mine, rolled over and sank on December 29, 1945, 31 died, 60 survived including Otto, who were later rescued at sea.

    After his Naval Service, Otto graduated from the Cooper Union School of Engineering with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and also attended The Polytechnic Institute for graduate study. Otto joined Bell Telephone Laboratories in New York and then Holmdel New Jersey. At his retirement in August 1989 he was department head at AT&T Information Systems at Alcatel Lucent in Middletown, New Jersey. He was issued seven patents concerning data transmission, teleswitching, early work in low speed data transmission and later in voice/data systems for small business and government agencies. He also supervised the initial development of computer access for PICTUREPHONE service and the early development of the 911 emergency response system.

    Otto was a former member of The Battleground Country Club and a member of the Tau Beta Pi, Telephone Pioneers, IEEE. He was an avid golfer and after moving to Monmouth Beach, Otto returned to his love of sailing. He could often be found on the Shrewsbury River or cruising the shore in his MG convertible.
     

  • Michael Joel Lerman '59

    Michael Joel Lerman '59

    Michael Joel Lerman, 75, of Neptune, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at Hospice in Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch. A proud man, he was born on Sept. 2, 1937 in Newark to the late Sol and Rose Lerman. He was a chemical engineer, who graduated from the Polytechnic Institute in New York. Michael worked for DeDetrich USA for many years and also held many patents for his company. Additionally, he was the co-president of Spectrum Products in West Virginia. Michael was in the "Who's Who of Technology." He also served on the board at The Villas at Jumping Brook, where he resided.

  • Nicholas D. Kourkoutas '51

    Nicholas D. Kourkoutas '51

    Nicholas D. Kourkoutas died peacefully on July 26, 2012 at the spry age of 92.  Born in New York City and raised in Greece, the Greek government awarded Nick medals for distinguished acts and bravery as an Army soldier during WWII. He studied Civil Engineering on the GI Bill at Brooklyn Polytechnic and later earned a Masters from NYU. In 1985 he retired from the NYC Transit Authority as Project Manager for the city's subways. During the 1970s, he taught construction design as adjunct professor at City College. An avid reader with a passion for history, Nick was consistently upbeat and lived life to the fullest until shortly before he died. He will be missed by many.