• Thomas F Naples ’63, ’73

    Thomas F. Naples, 80, of Woodrow, a tireless supporter of the mentally disabled, pioneer in cell development and devoted family man who will be remembered for his service to the community, died Wednesday at home. Mr. Naples was born in Berick, Pa., and grew up in Brooklyn, where he graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School. A resident of Woodrow for 50 years, he received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and a master's degree in management from Polytechnic Institute of New York. While studying for his master's degree, Mr. Naples also was an associate professor, teaching electronics at the College of Staten Island. In addition, he was an industrial salesman, research engineer and manager with Keyspan Energy Delivery for 28 years. Working in research and development, Mr. Naples was a pioneer in on-site fuel cell development, receiving several citations for developing innovative testing techniques at installations at Staten Island University Hospital, John F. Kennedy Hospital and the former St. Vincent's Hospital.

    After early retirement from Keyspan, Mr. Naples became a project manager at the Manhattan Veterans Administration Medical Center, overseeing alterations to several wards, constructing a day care center and renovating the hospital morgue. Mr. Naples was a member of National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Staten Island ever since his wife, Joan Naples, founded it in 1985.In addition, Mr. Naples served on the NAMI NYS board of directors, chairing its housing and nominations committees and as a member of the State Legislative Committee, which met regularly in Albany with senate and assembly chairs. He was honored for his many years of steadfast and tireless efforts and dedicated commitment to improving the lives of people living with mental illness and their families.

    In addition, Mr. Naples served for three years as an advisor to St. Vincent's board of directors and was an advisor to the Staten Island University Hospital Department of Behavioral Science. He loved everything about baseball and was a die-hard New York Mets fan. While participating in fantasy baseball camp, one of his greatest thrills was playing ball at Citifield. Mr. Naples and his wife loved to travel and had visited five of the seven continents. Later, he learned to appreciate the water and took up scuba diving and snorkeling. He served in the U.S Army during the Korean War era. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Joan Bogart; his sons, Rick and Thomas; his brother, Maurice; his sisters, Marge Cosenza and Fran Ward, and two grandchildren.

  • Alan John Bialkowski ’58

    Alan John Bialkowski peacefully passed away just one day before his 79th birthday at his home in Austin, surrounded by his loving family. Alan was born on June 20, 1936 to Sigmund and Irene Bialkowski in New York City. After graduating from Bronx High Science High School, Alan went on to NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. He joined the U. S. Army and while stationed in Germany met and married Christa Breiser, and the couple continued their journey through life together for 52 years. 

  • Louis J Pulgrano ’58, ’62

    Louis J. (Jack) Pulgrano of Sun City Center, formerly of Citrus Hills, Florida, passed away peacefully at home June 15, 2015.
    Lou was born Nov. 11, 1936, to Marion and Frank Pulgrano. He graduated from Brooklyn Polytech where he earned a degree in mechanical engineering. He was employed by Grumman Aircraft and worked on the Lunar Module used by NASA for the first moon landing in 1969. In 1973 he moved to Delaware and was employed by DuPont as a Principle Engineer. Lou was a consultant's consultant in the area of vibration and dynamics.
    He retired to Florida and was able to enjoy his hobbies of tennis, golf, pickle ball, and ping pong on a daily basis with his many friends in the Citrus Hills and Sun City Center area.
    Lou is survived by his wife of 55 years, Patricia; daughter, Nancy; son, Daniel; granddaughter, Jessie; great-grandson, Tony; and his sister, Emily. He was predeceased by his brother, Phillip.
    The family would like to thank Lifepath Hospice for all the loving care and comfort during this time. 

  • 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.