Posted November 1st, 2011
Robert D. Barnard passed away on April 2, 2008. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1952, graduating summa cum laude, in what was then called Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. Soon after, he was recalled to active duty in the Navy. Robert returned to Polytechnic after discharge and went on to receive his Master's Degree in 1955.
The family moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he taught in the Department of Engineering and received his PhD from Case Institute of Technology. Another move took his family to Detroit, Michigan where he taught at Wayne State University for over 30 years. He was a well respected professor of Electric Engineering and Computer Science. Over the years he received many grants in research.
Robert worked in research at Bell Telephone Laboratories from 1959 to 1965 then returned to Wayne State. In 1977, for his sabbatical, he conducted collaborative research at the Department of Applied Mathematics at the Weizmann Institute in Israel. He also consulted for Ford Motor Company in England in 1987.
Robert served as interim chair of the department before retiring in 1994 and was asked to return to serve again, teaching for many years before health issues claimed a permanent retirement. He had many fond memories of Polytechnic and many friends. He is missed by his wife, Jean, four children, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Many students keep in touch.
Posted November 1st, 2011
Henry (Hank) E. Frey (pictured in the center of this photograph) passed away on Oct. 6, 2010. Hank graduated from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. He then worked for Sperry (later Unisys) in Great Neck as an electrical engineer. When the union organized he became a union steward. Hank liked his job of helping people and providing information and support.
After Hank retired he worked part time for his son Russ’ computer business. He continued as a volunteer to Unisys retirees with such things as medical questions. Hank loved going to the Y in Plainview.
Hank is survived by his wife of 42 years, Karin; two sons, Glen and Russell; and four grandchildren, Lynetta, Derreck, Jennifer and Hannah.
Posted October 31st, 2011
Joseph A. Pirraglia passed away Monday, September 12, 2011 at Greenville Nursing Home. He was the beloved husband of Annabelle E. (Guttadauro) Pirraglia. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Antonio and Anna (Pelosi) Pirraglia. Dr. Pirraglia had worked as an Astrophysicist for NASA at the Goddard Spaceflight Center, Maryland before retiring. Besides his wife of 46 years he is survived by his son, Dr. Paul A. Pirraglia and his wife Dr. Christine Duffy; two daughters, Elizabeth P. Pirraglia and her husband Matthias Altwicker and Deborah A. Pirraglia and her husband Michael Walter; five grandchildren, Sterling, Dahlia, Matthew, Ian and Zechine; three brothers, Thomas, Louis and Francis Pirraglia; and two sisters, Lucy Colvin and Dr. RoseMary Pirraglia. He was the brother of the late John "Jack" Pirraglia, Gloria Pirraglia and Anna Lancellotti.
Posted September 21st, 2011
Merven Mandel, 90, beloved husband, father and grandfather and renowned aeronautical engineer passed away in his home Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Yvette, and his three children and five grandchildren.
While working for General Applied Science Lab (GASL) from 1959-67, he designed the mission and trajectory analysis on supersonic combustion-powered hypersonic planes (SCRAMJET). As an engineer with Sperry Gyroscope from 1957-1959, he worked on missile aerodynamic design and performance and, from 1967-1984, on submarine design and weapons system engineering. He also worked for Lockheed (1948-1953).
Merven earned BS and MS degrees in Aeronautical Engineering from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, where he won many awards, including Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi honor society memberships. He served in the Navy from 1942-46. He was later a volunteer at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, where he restored aircraft of significance to Long Island and served as a docent.
Merven also had a great passion for many personal pursuits. He flew planes and gliders, sky-dived, drove race cars, was an ace rifle and pistol marksman and was an expert crossword puzzle solver. But most importantly, he was a compassionate, loving man and a great role model and friend to all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Posted September 21st, 2011
Roy Victor Harrington, Ph.D., passed away on Sunday, September 11, 2011.
Roy was born September 28, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York to Karen (nee Hansen) and Victor Harrington. He attended the public schools in New York and obtained a Bachelor's degree in chemistry from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1949. From 1952 to 1955 he earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado.
Between his undergraduate and graduate education Roy worked at the General Foods Corporation where he helped to build and operate their first radioisotopes laboratory. After obtaining his Ph.D., Roy went to work at the Corning Glass Corporation and worked in the field of glass composition. He received several patents on television cathode ray tube glasses, glass-ceramics, radiation shields and electronic glasses. While at Corning Glass, Roy developed his interest and skills in research management. During this time Roy founded and chaired the Corning Science Seminar for gifted high school students.
In 1968, Roy left his position as Manager of Materials Development at the Corning Glass Works and went to work at the Ferro Corporation of Cleveland until 1991. Dr. Harrington became the Vice President and Corporate Director of Research for the Ferro Corporation, retiring in 1991. While at Ferro, the organization experienced tremendous growth. In 1971, he designed and directed Ferro's new laboratory in Independence, Ohio. During his tenure at Ferro Dr. Harrington directed the expansion of Ferro's domestic and international businesses into new specialty chemicals, plastics and electronic materials.
Dr. Harrington was a member of the American Chemical Society for over 50 years and was past Chairman of its Northeast Ohio Section. He was an emeritus member of the American Ceramic Society, and the Industrial Research Institute, at which he represented the Ferro Corporation for many years. He served on the Federal Government's panel on the storage of high-level radioactive waste. He also served for several years on the Edison Polymer Innovation Corporation (EPIC) board, helping to create new jobs in the Ohio polymer industry.
A longtime member of the Lakeside Yacht Club in Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Harrington loved to race his 30-foot sloop "Golden Dolphin." He additionally enjoyed hiking, camping, canoeing, climbing, skiing and genealogy research.
Dr. Harrington is survived by his wife Catherine Elizabeth Harrington (nee Wiese) to whom he was married in 1952 in New York. He is also survived by his children Bruce Harrington (Sally) of Houston, Texas, Karen Harrington of Columbus, Ohio, and Thomas Harrington (Deborah) of Akron, Ohio, and his five grandsons Tyler, Stuart, James Riley, Eric and Alex Harrington.
Posted September 14th, 2011
The one word that everyone has used in talking with the Greene family about Gerson is “kind.” His kindness and respect touched everyone he met, and they reciprocated with friendship. He never saw another human being as merely someone doing a job; he recognized the essential humanity of everyone he met. His was an “ich-du” persona. In some ways, Gerson saw life through a camera lens. He had a basement darkroom, and embraced new technology as a self-taught “early adopter” throughout his life. Most recently he assembled a RAID array so he could transfer all his years of video to the latest formats for editing. To him, capturing memories so that they could be passed forward was very important. Gerson Greene’s life was grounded in the key Jewish attributes of derech eretz -- treating others with respect and kindness; of dan l’chaf z’chut -- giving others the benefit of the doubt (sometimes, perhaps, even too much); and perhaps most importantly, of shalom bayit -- establishing a home filled with unconditional love and mutual respect. Gerson’s family and friends will miss him dearly.