Posted October 12th, 2012
It is with great sadness that the family of Barry F. Fitzgerald announces his passing on July 28, 2012. He was 75. He passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with melanoma cancer.
Barry was born on June 15, 1937, in Queens, N.Y., to his mother Elizabeth and his father William, both of whom preceded his death, as well as his brother William Jr. As a young man, Barry completed his BS and MS in Electrical Engineering at Polytechnic Institute of New York University and earned his MBA at Long Island University. He was President of American Nucleonics Corporation in Westlake Village for 11 years before retiring and consulting until about a year ago.
Throughout his life and retirement, he enjoyed fishing and boating on Long Island and his second home in Ft. Myers Beach, Fla. He loved spending time with family and had a passion for classical music and fine wines. For most of his life, Barry was a dedicated long-distance runner, having completed dozens of races and multiple half and full marathons. He continued to run daily up until the last few months of his life.
Barry's legacy to his many friends and family, who will miss him immensely, was his gentle heart, kindness, family values, work ethic and faith.
Posted October 12th, 2012
Edward Offenhartz, of Brooklyn, NY, died peacefully at home in Canton, CT on September 21, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. Born on March 1, 1928, Ed was a beloved son of the late Anna and Hyman Offenhartz - and brother to Harvey Offenhartz and the late Mitchell Offenhartz. In 1948, he graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from The Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn at age twenty. In 1970, he successfully completed The Program for Management Development at the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. An accomplished Engineer and proud American, Ed was a Project Director for Development of the Heat Shield used in the Apollo Space Program, and a key player in the development of KH-9 HEXAGON (or Big Bird). While his professional accomplishments were varied and extraordinary, Ed's greatest pride was his family.
Posted October 12th, 2012
Stephen C. Vowinkel, 62, died on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, at Mountainside Hospital in Glen Ridge. Born in Staten Island, N.Y., Mr. Vowinkel lived most of his life in Fair Haven, N.J., and the last seven years in Bloomfield. He was the retired vice president of H.R.I.T. for J.P. Morgan, Jersey City, N.J. He was a graduate of Monmouth University and received his master's from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. He was a staff officer in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxilliary.
Posted October 3rd, 2012
Buell Munson, age 91, of Hemet, CA passed away on August 14, 2012. He was born on October 29, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York, the only child of Buell and Margaret Elizabeth Munson. He graduated from Brooklyn College in 1942 with a B.A. in English and Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute in 1951 with a B.E.E. in Communications. He married Ruth Alberta Horner in 1942 and moved to Spokane, Washington to work for the US Army Signal Corp as a radio technician.
In 1944, Buell enlisted in the US Navy and was assigned to a radar picket ship, destroyer DD837, (Hawkins) and saw active duty in the pacific fleet. Buell spent his 20 year career in the aero space industry starting in New York and ending in California. He left the aero space industry to become a professor at Orange Coast Community College where he taught for 10 years. He wrote and published Electronic Shop practice manual teaching his students. Upon retirement in 1980, Buell and Ruth retired to Hemet where he taught part time at Mt. San Jacinto Community College and started the electronics laboratory where again, he wrote his own lab manual.
Buell and Ruth were both very active in many projects with the Hemet United Methodist Church, the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and sang with the Happy Harmoneers. In his later years, he was most happy spending time in his garden growing flowers for his wife and sitting on their porch enjoying the humming birds and wild birds that he fed on a regular basis.
Posted July 29th, 2012
As members of the Class of 1962 celebrated their 50th Reunion, they took a moment to reflect and honor the memory of those who have passed away since graduation. Among these former classmates is Janett Rosenberg Trubatch.
As the first full-time undergraduate female student to attend Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, Janett earned a B.S. in mathematics, summa cum laude. She went on to receive a PhD in theoretical physics from Brandeis University. After receiving her PhD, Trubatch had a long and fruitful career in academia, beginning at California State University and later went on to become the graduate dean and vice provost for research at Roosevelt University. Through the years, many of her classmates kept in touch and remembered her fondly as a well-respected professional who worked hard to further the roles of women and minorities in science. She, in fact, served as a principal investigator on a National Science Foundation grant for the hiring, retaining and advancing of women in science.
Posted July 16th, 2012
Einstein said he never thought about the future because it comes soon enough. Anthony J. Wiener thought about it deeply and influentially. In 1967, Mr. Wiener, a self-described futurist, collaborated with Herman Kahn to write a 431-page book brimming with forecasts for the year 2000. Home computers? Check. Artificial organs and limbs? Check. Pagers and “perhaps even two-way pocket phones?” Why, yes! But the millennium turned without noiseless helicopters replacing taxis. Artificial moons still do not illuminate huge swaths of the Earth. And are you, too, still waiting for that predicted 13-week vacation?
Mr. Wiener — no relation to the former congressman with a similar name — died on June 19 at his home in Closter, N.J., at 81. His wife, the former Deborah Zaidner, said the cause was cardiac arrest.
The book he and Mr. Kahn wrote was “The Year 2000: A Framework for Speculation on the Next Thirty-three Years,” and its publication was a milestone in the futurism fad of the 1960s. The book combined multifarious elements, from the insights of Aristotle to sophisticated statistical analysis, to create what the authors called “a framework for speculation.” About half of its 100 predictions panned out — not including 150-year life spans or months of hibernation for humans. But accuracy mattered less than what Mr. Wiener called “reducing the role of thoughtlessness” in making societal choices. Clarification, not prophecy, was the goal.
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences helped finance the study, sponsored by the Hudson Institute, for which both authors worked. Ken Weinstein, president of the institute, said Tuesday in an interview that the book was remarkable for its sophisticated methodology at a time when advanced computer modeling was still far off. More than simply extrapolating from trends observed in the 1960s, it tried to calculate “the complex and unexpected ways the future was going to be different.”
Anthony Janoff Wiener was born on July 27, 1930, in Newark and grew up in Maplewood, N.J. He set up a public address system in his high school. He and a friend once took apart a car and then rebuilt it, just to see if they could do it. He graduated from Harvard and Harvard Law School.
In 1961, Mr. Wiener was a founding member of the Hudson Institute, a research center known for Mr. Kahn’s investigations of nuclear weapons strategy. Mr. Kahn was outspoken in urging that society grapple with the consequences of nuclear war with “thinking the unthinkable.”
Mr. Wiener consulted on the future with clients as diverse as the Stanford Research Institute, NASA and Shell Oil. He worked for two years in the Nixon White House on urban policy and was a longtime editor of the journal Technology in Society. He taught for many years at what is now Polytechnic Institute of New York University.
Mr. Wiener died before his grander predictions — like finding life on other planets or settling undersea colonies — could be fulfilled. But his prophecy that fax machines would become office workhorses by 2000 hit the mark, at least until e-mail displaced them.
This article originally appeared in the New York Times.
Posted June 27th, 2012
Edward M. Schwarzkopf, 71, of Bridgewater passed away Tuesday, May 22, 2012. He is the son of the late Rita and Roy Schwarzkopf of Jamesburg, NJ. Ed was a professor at Middlesex County College, where he helped form the Mechanical Engineering Technology department and taught for 25 years. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in Metallurgy from Brooklyn Polytech and was active in the ROTC and Pershing Rifles. He graduated Brooklyn Tech High School in 1958 and was born and raised in Richmond Hill, NY. Ed shared his big heart and quick wit with all those he encountered. He showed grace and dignity, living with multiple sclerosis for 47 years.
Posted June 25th, 2012
Henry Feldman passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 20, 2012, surrounded by his cherished wife of almost 64 years, Gloria, his loving daughters Terry Baker and Nancy Feldman, and son-in law Tom Baker.
Henry was born in Brooklyn, NY. From an early age he had a passion for science, particularly astronomy, chemistry and physics, which he maintained his whole life. He graduated from Polytechnic Institute, Brooklyn, NY in 1940 with a degree in Chemistry and did graduate work in Physical Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology from 1940-1941, where Linus Pauling was his thesis advisor. For recreation, he enjoyed riding his Indian motorcycle and he loved to tell the story of how he was rescued by a regiment of General Patton's army one time when his cycle broke down in the Mojave Desert.
He left CalTech to take a civilian job with the Navy Department during World War II. He worked as a physicist in charge of the deperming station at the Bayonne (NJ) Navy Yard, demagnetizing ships to protect them from being blown up by enemy mines. After the war, he worked as a salesman in the family business, Atlantic Container Corporation, an early manufacturer of custom corrugated packaging. He met Gloria on a blind date at the end of 1947, and they each felt they had met "the one." That feeling lasted throughout their marriage.
Henry was a good, down to earth, patient and gentle man who enjoyed the simple pleasures of family life. A devoted and selfless husband and father, he enjoyed helping his daughters with their schoolwork and nurtured their interests. Whenever something needed fixing around the house, he always enjoyed the challenge of figuring out how to do it by himself. Henry was competent and capable at anything and everything he did. His other interests included playing the piano, reading, studying the stock market, taking photographs and home movies of family and friends, and traveling.
Henry was the much-loved patriarch of the extended Feldman family. He walked Terry, and later her cousin Jan, down the aisle when they were married. He is greatly missed. We love him and will keep him in our hearts always.
Posted June 25th, 2012
Louis J. Esposito Jr. was 80 when he passed away on May 30, 2012. It's just a number of years in a life fully lived. He never forgot his Brooklyn roots, his East Coast upbringing, his military service or his transplanted home in the Midwest, where he always appreciated the decency of people. His Italian/Irish heritage was apparent by his love of good food, good wine, good conversation and sense of humor. He liked living, and he knew how to live life. Lou graduated in 1953 from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute in Brooklyn, New York, with a degree in mechanical engineering. As a member of R.O.T.C., he held his duty and responsibility high. His service in the U.S. Army was, he said, some of the happiest times of his life. He was an astute businessman, well respected by his customers and built two companies here in northeast Ohio, SPEC Industries and L.J. & Associates over more than three decades. Lou was loyal to his family. For nearly two decades he made it a point to spend time with his sister Dorothy despite distance and the health conditions that took her from us. He kept his father close, and served as more than just an obedient son in the twilight of the elder's life. He encouraged self sufficiency and independence in his children and their achievements are credited to the character and guidance that he provided to them. As a family man, he passed on his love for knowledge, travel, art and history to the next generation - his grandchildren, nieces and nephews and throughout his extended family. Married for 23 years to his devoted wife Pat, together they enjoyed travel, good music, and the company of many old and new friends. They shared the best life has to offer.
Posted June 25th, 2012
Desmond Traynor, 85, of Port St. Lucie, FL, peacefully passed away at Emerald Health Care Nursing Home on April 8, 2012. He was born in Belfast, North Ireland, and moved to New York and graduated from Brooklyn Polytech, Summa Cum Laude, in Mechanical Engineering (1976-1983). He had partnership at the Cameo Catering in Garfield, NJ and also at the Westmount Country Club in Paterson, NJ. He was a HAM Radio operator (call sign N2DZ). He was Borough Engineer for Brooklyn and Queens from 1984-1994 and Deputy Commissioner for New York City under Mayor Dinkins. He retired to Florida in 1994.