Posted December 3rd, 2014
John Digrindakis, age 86, a resident of Naperville since 1966 died Saturday, August 30, 2014 at Edward Hospital. He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, August 26, 1928.
He grew up in Crete, Greece returning to the United States in 1947. After graduating from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute (now New York University Polyechnic School of Engineering) in 1956 with a bachelors in Electrical Engineering and receiving a master’s degree (1961) in Electrical Engineering from New York University he then began a 35 year career with AT&T, Bell Laboratories now Lucent Technologies in the area of telephone switching.
John was a longtime active member of St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church, he served on the Parish Council for many years. His interest included traveling, music, photography and his family.
Beloved husband of Athena (nee Devaris), loving father of Daphne (Ken Rasile) Digrindakis, Elli (Michael) Koulos and Nicos (Jill) Digrindakis. Loving grandfather of Steffen (Julia) and Alayna Rasile, Amanda, Zachary and Alexa Digrindakis, Peter and Zoe Koulos. Dear brother of Michael and the late Mary Malindretos, Beloved son of the late Nicholas and Rose Digrindakis.
Posted November 26th, 2014
Nathan D. (David) Field, 88, a retired polymers research and development executive of Elkins Park, Pa., died in Meadowbrook, Pa., on June 27.
A native of New York City, Field received a B.S. in chemistry from City College of New York (CCNY) in 1945, an M.S. in chemistry from Columbia University in 1949, and a Ph.D. in polymer science and organic chemistry from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (now New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering) in 1956.
He began his career in the textile fibers department at DuPont’s Experimental Station, in Wilmington, Del., working as a research chemist until 1962, when he became supervisor of polymer research at Arco. In 1964, he moved to GAF to serve as a laboratory manager focused on catalysts and photoresists.
From 1970 to 1981, Field worked at Playtex, eventually being named vice president of marketing and research. He supervised production, testing, and marketing of numerous consumer products and shape-wear undergarments.
Subsequently, he became vice president of R&D at Dartco Manufacturing, supervising Tupperware production and developing new heat-resistant cookware lines, before retiring in 1990.
Field authored many articles and held 45 U.S. patents. He was a member of the advisory board of the Journal of Polymer Science and chaired the annual Gordon Research Conference on Polymers in 1992.
He was a professor in CCNY’s department of chemical engineering from 1981 until 1985. In retirement, he was an adjunct professor at Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, Rutgers University, and Temple University and served as a consultant.
He was an emeritus member of ACS, joining in 1949.
Field enjoyed painting, teaching biblical history, auditing college classes, attending concerts and plays, playing bridge, and participating in a book club. He will be remembered for his warmth and wit and for exploring subjects ranging from archaeology to astronomy.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Annette; his son, Martin; his daughters, Reesha Leone and Sara Czarecki; and four grandchildren.
Posted November 13th, 2014
Ralph Tekel, one of the last people alive to have worked on the Manhattan Project, died in Philadelphia on October 8 after a bout with recurring pneumonia. He was 94.
Tekel was born in 1920 on Manhattan's Lower East Side, to immigrant parents. After his family moved to the Bronx, he attended the rapid advance program at Prospect Jr. High School, where Nathan Birnbaum, his general science teacher sparked his interest in chemistry and suggested he take the city-wide test to qualify for entry to the prestigious (then all-male) Stuyvesant High School.
After Stuyvesant, he attended Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, continuing to live at home and studying at the kitchen table. Until graduate school, Tekel never had girls in his classes. He worked his way through college waiting tables at hotels in the Catskills and blowing glass for use in laboratories during his summer vacations.
As a researcher at the Pediatric Research Laboratories at Jewish Hospital in Brooklyn, he received two patents in 1946 and 1950 for his work in x-ray contrast media.
During graduate school, he unwittingly became part of the top secret Manhattan Project. His group at Purdue, led by Dr. Henry Hass, was known as "Project 220." They had been engaged in preparing freon-like materials called fluorocarbons. Not until after the war did they learn that these were used to separate U²³⁵F₆ and U²³⁸F₆ isotopes.
The product the team sought, perfluoroheptane, had the right properties of a refrigerant used in the process of separation. Some aspects of this process were still secret in 1999 when Tekel recorded some personal notes. He felt that 90% of the atomic bomb scientists were against dropping the bomb.
In 1949 he was awarded a Ph.D. in Chemistry at Purdue University; his thesis was on the preparation of certain fluorinated alkanes and their derivatives.
After settling in Philadelphia, Tekel worked in chemical development for the pharmaceutical industry for various companies, including Wyeth Laboratories and National Drugs. He was involved in the production of synthetic steroids, antibiotics and psychoactive drugs.
From 1965 until his retirement in 1985, Dr. Tekel was a professor of Organic Chemistry at La Salle College (now La Salle University). In addition, he served on La Salle's recommendations panel for medical school applicants and he and his wife Lillian endowed a scholarship there.
His first two marriages ended in divorce; in 1960, Tekel married for the third time to Lillian Toll Stevens. Her experience in World War II as an Army nurse and First Lieutenant in the Persian Gulf Service Command had taken her around the world. After their marriage, they began a lifelong quest together to visit all seven continents, initially visiting Iran, Iraq and other places where she had been stationed. Further travels took the couple to India, Tahiti, Papua New Guinea, the Galapagos Islands, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), the former Soviet Union, Red China, and the Antarctic.
From his mid-teens, Tekel had a serious interest in photography, first using a German Voigtlander Brilliant, later using Hasselblad, Leica, 4x5 view camera and Nikon. He was a member of several local and international camera clubs, winning numerous awards. He was ultimately able to use his knowledge of chemistry to print archival pigment prints and Cibachrome prints in his own darkroom.
Dr. Tekel is survived by his wife Lillian, daughters Linda (and John Beelitz) and Billie (and Barry Elias), step-daughters Debbie and Cindy Stevens, and grandchildren Darren and Shawn Beelitz and Blake Elias.
Posted May 8th, 2014
Richard S. Eng, 83, of Boston, MA, formerly of Newton, MA and Old
Bethpage, Long Island, NY, passed away on March 15, 2014. He was the
loving and beloved father of Mona, Douglas and Victor, faithful
husband of Annette, devoted son of Kai Lin and Tok Chin, dear brother
of June Chow and uncle of Stanley and Stephen Chow - all of the Boston
Born in 1930, Richard grew up during wartime in Taishan, China and came
to the United States in 1946. Since a young boy, he strove to
distinguish himself at school as he was aware that academic success
was a path to greater opportunity to help his family. He graduated
from Stuyvesant High School in NY with perfect attendance, City
College of New York summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in
Electrical Engineering. He went on to earn master's and doctoral
degrees from MIT and Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute (now NYU
Polytechnic School of Engineering), respectively. He worked for many
years at MIT LIncoln Laboratory and was also employed at Northrop
Grumman, Raytheon, Textron and Block Engineering. He was a dedicated
employee who always enjoyed working with his colleagues. Most notably,
he was a member of a team which contributed to the launch of Apollo.
Richard loved his children dearly and was very proud of them. He was a
quietly friendly and kind man with modest tastes and a pure heart. He
enjoyed spending time with his children and other family members, long
walks along the Charles River, playing tennis, sailing, nature,
camping,and traveling. He battled Parkinson's for many years with
great courage, persistence and optimism. In lieu of flowers, donations
in his memory may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, Gift
Processing Center, PO Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018
Posted May 1st, 2014
Curtis B. Hayworth, passed away in December,2012.
He earned his Masters of Chemical Engineering from NYU in 1947
and his Doctorate in Chemical Engineering from NYU in 1949.
Posted January 27th, 2014
Professor Robert C. Ackerberg
Professor Arthur A. Oliner ’05 (Hon)
Edward J. Gentsch ’34
Dr. Ralph Tekel ’41
Charles Ledwith ’44
Harold J. Metter ’44
Albert H. Greer Ph.D. ’45, ’49
Walter Rusnak ’47
Henry G. Lenz ’48
Frank C. Loguidice ’48
Dr. Martin L. Perl, D.S. ’48, ’96
Albert A. Sommerfeld ’48
Robert W. Unterreiner ’48
Jack Borsellino ’49
Aaron H. Coleman’49
Alexander French ’49
Arthur W. Lotz ’47, ’49
John R. Passalacqua ’49
Jerome S. Prener '49
Philip J. Weiss ’49
Walter M. Davis ’50
Charles J. Falco ’50
Frederick W. Kahler ’50
James Kalil Ph.D.’50,’51
Donald B. Terrana ’50
John K. Benz ’51
Joseph F. Coates ’51
Alfred G. Hoerrner ’51
Arthur H. Mones, Ph.D ’51, ’57
Semon P. Vincent ’51
Robert J. Butt ’52
William G. Deichert ’52
Allen E. Heyson ’52
Gibson Reynolds ’52
William Skidba ’52
Stephen S. Voris ’52
Warren B. Coe ’53
Jay A. Cull ’53
Nicholas Di Santi ’53
Peter P. Lombardo ’53
Joe Manuel Paz ’53
Henry R. Penkava '53
Roland A. Roe ’53
Irving Abrams ’54
Vincent A. Altomare ’54
Arthur E. Blenkle’54
Robert D. Fischetti’54
Donald B.Hoffman ’54
James R. McVey ’54
Joseph F. Metzendorf ’54
John J. Monagle, Ph.D. ’54
Gerald H. Rich ’54
William J. Stenger ’54
Peter Veit ’54
Herman P. De Haan ’55
Robert O. Foernsler ’55
Paul G. Holcombe ’55
Thomas F. Gabriel ’55
Nathan D. Field Ph.D. ’56
Edward C. Jaroszewski ’56
Roderick B. Judge '56
Marvin Koral Ph.D. ’56
Robert H. Lee ’56, ’71
Albert H. Steinberg ’56
Adrian J. Basili ’57
John Digrindakis ’57,’62
Eugene J. Dussich ’57
Douglas C. Renud ’57
David M. Wetstone Ph.D. ’57
Morris Daniel Bellware ’59
Charles A. Guarneri ’59
Edward Higgins, Jr. '59
William H. Moore ’59
Anastasios (Tom) Pappas ’59
Dr. I. Hilary Rolih ’59
Allen Jay Schwalb ’59, ’63, ’65
Gerald Weiss, Ph.D.’59
Hua Tung Lee Ph.D. ’60
Richard Zogheb ’60, ’66
Eliot Liang ’61
Edward J. Bage ’62
Robert Quattrone ’62, ’66
Richard M. Cowan ’63
Henry A. Oberndorfer ’63
Walter J. Skuggevig ’63
Jer Yu Shang. Ph.D. '64
Gerald A. Martingano ’65
Steven H. Reichman ’65, ’67
Alan H. Danis ’66
Joseph M. Lestrange ’66
Sin Chou Fan Ph.D. ’67
Frank V. Fossella ’69
Philip C. Washburn ’69
Daniel P. Mazzola ’71
Ronald L. Thuma ’72
Elmer Freibergs ’73
Daniel L. Beldy ’76
Sallyann Aliquo Giuffrida ’78
Louis E. Repeta ’79
Dr. James N. Warren, Jr. ’82
Jeffrey J. Smith ’93
Mary A. Eschwei
George W. Pardee
Posted October 9th, 2013
Joseph A. Pagano passed away on September 8, 2013 at the age of 74. He was a proud Poly alum. He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1960 and earned his Masters in Industrial Management from Poly in 1966. He had a career as a manager for Western Electric in New York City for over 30 years, followed by a 20-year position as CFO of Fiberguide/Halma Industries in Stirling, N.J. He retired in 2010. Joseph enjoyed volunteering his time with Overlook Medical Center as an Eucharistic minister in the chapel, and with the Sage Eldercare facility.
Posted September 25th, 2013
Posted September 25th, 2013
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.
Posted September 25th, 2013
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.