• Harry J. Abrams ’51

    Age 85, of Masonic Village, passed away on Thursday, July 30, 2015. He was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1929 to the late Harry and Susan (Streicher) Abrams. Beloved husband for 63 years of Helen (Ronnquist) Abrams; loving father of Lynn Abrams- Comtois of Phoenix, AZ, Patricia Abrams and Neil Abrams (Janet); cherished grandfather of Jennifer Wilson, Ashley and Kristi Comtois, Jordin, Connor and Nathaniel Abrams; brother of the late Marilyn Milana. Harry retired from Robicon Corporation of Plum where he was VP of Engineering. He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. Harry graduated from NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. 

  • Irving L Soffer ’51, ’55

    SOFFER-Irving, 95, on July 5, 2015 in Palo Alto, CA. Born in New York City. Port Authority Structural Engineer on the World Trade Center and Kennedy Airport. Survived by his son Stuart (Susan Field) of Menlo Park, CA; brother Sheldon of Manhattan, and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his wife Rosalyn. 

  • Herman A. Haefele ’50, ’68

    Herman Albert "Bob" Haefele died peacefully at home with his wife at his side on June 29, 2015 in Huntington, NY after a long illness. He was 92 years old.Born in Astoria, Queens, an enclave of German immigrants, on July 24, 1922, to Anna Baither and Albert Haefele, Bob remained an adored only child. Christian Baither, a maternal cousin close in age, was like a brother to him.

    Upon graduation from Jamaica High School and realizing that music was not prosperous enough as a full-time occupation, he took a job for $12 a week as an office boy for McFadden Publications. He then worked as a glass blower at Sperry Gyroscope on Long Island, making klystron tubes for the first radar equipment used in Britain to defend against German aircraft attacks.Drafted in 1943, Bob was a bombardier with the 14th Air Force, Flying Tigers Group under General Claire Lee Chennault who used innovative dive-and-zoom attacks borrowed from Soviet units serving with the Chinese Air Force. Awarded four Air Medals and two Distinguished Flying Crosses for combat missions against the Japanese in China, Bob himself said, "I flew the Hump (the name given by Allied pilots during WW II to the Eastern end of the Himalayas) between India and China several times. In my spare time, I was the base radio station manager and disc jockey. I was lucky…some close calls, but I came back in good shape."

    The Flying Tigers were so successful in helping to defend China from Japanese invasion, that the Chinese government has honored the veterans through the years. In March 2015, a museum was opened on Yang Tang Airfield in Guilin, China, which served as the command base for combat missions In China. Bob's involvement in the Flying Tigers was an important part of his life because to him it was an example of mankind coming together successfully for a common cause. Success was his byline as well, as "playing it by ear," a favorite expression of his.

    After graduating from New York University School of Engineering in 1950, Bob secured a job at Sonotone Corporation in Elmsford, NY where he met his future wife, Ida Lamattina of White Plains when they both volunteered for the Employee Social Organization. Following gender roles in the 1950's, Bob was the President and Ida was the Secretary. In the words of his wife of almost 60 years, Ida said, "Naturally, we did things together socially and found we had an attraction for one another…Bob moved on to other job opportunities but he won my heart." They married in November, 1955 in White Plains but worked together again for 30 years at Northrup Grumman on Long Island, Ida as a secretary and Bob as a Division Head.

    After earning a Master's Degree from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, Bob joined the Grumman Corporation and was part of the team of scientists and engineers for the Apollo 11 spaceflight that put the first man on the moon in 1969. In addition to working on a Ph.D. at Hofstra University in education administration, he taught Business Management at night at SUNY Farmingdale as an adjunct professor for 18 years. He was also a Freemason.

    A gentleman, bon vivant and family photographer, Bob and his wife traveled the world and indulged many nieces and nephews including Dr. Jeanne Dietrich of Bedford, NY, Phyllis Dietrich Scott of Valley Cottage, NY, Edward Dietrich of San Diego, CA, Monica Olivet Korte of Clearwater, FL, and Teresa Mary Lamattina Berry of Brewster, NY.

  • Alvin J. Salkind ’49, ’52, Ph.D. ’58

    Dr. Alvin J. Salkind, 87, of Princeton died Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital of New Brunswick, New Jersey.Born in New York City, he had resided in Princeton since 1958. After service in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1945 to 1946, he returned to his academic studies at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. In 1958 he received a DChE in chemical engineering, chemistry, and x-ray physics. Dr. Salkind was an emeritus professor of bio-engineering in the department of surgery at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick and emeritus professor of chemical engineering at Rutgers University. He was also a visiting professor at the University of Miami, Case Western Reserve, and CUNY. From 1989-2001, he served as the associate dean for research in the school of engineering at Rutgers. He was co-author along with Uno Falk of Alkaline Storage Batteries and co-author with Ernest Yeager of Techniques of Electrochemistry. From 1970 to 1979, he was vice president of technology at Electric Storage Battery in Yardley, Pa. He was a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the Electrochemical Society, and the N.J. Academy of Medicine. Dr. Salkind held numerous patents and played a pivotal role in the development of technologies ranging from heart pacers, defibrillators, electric vehicles (both terrestrial and lunar), and fuel cells. Outside of his professional life, he loved his family, skiing, swimming, and sailing. He had been a member of the Miramar Yacht Club in Brooklyn since 1949 and was a founding member of the Princeton Ski Club.

    He will be remembered fondly by former students, colleagues, friends, and family around the world.Son of the late Samuel and Florence (Zins) Salkind, he is survived by his wife Marion (Koenig) Salkind of Princeton; a son James Salkind of Jersey City; a daughter Susanne Salkind of Washington, D.C.; a brother Chester Salkind of Durango, Colorado; and two grandchildren Abigail Salkind-Foraker and Jacob Salkind-Foraker. 

  • William C. Hosford ’48, ’65

    William C. Hosford, devoted husband of the late Marian Hauck Hosford, died on July 16, at age 91. Bill, an engineer and patent agent who was educated at Lafayette University, Brooklyn Polytechnic and NYU, spent most of his working career at American Can. He was a decorated WWII veteran who served with the US Army during the war in the European theatre. Bill had a long and active retirement. He devoted his time and resources to various Native American aid organizations in the Western US as well as St. Vincent de Paul Church and the larger church community. In addition to his family and many friends, Bill leaves behind his beloved companion, Terry McCloskey. 

  • Leonard Spialter ’48

    Leonard Age 92, formerly of Dayton, passed away Saturday, July 18, 2015 in Columbus. Leonard was born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1923. He held a PhD in chemistry from Rutgers University, where he also earned a BS degree, as well as an MS from Brooklyn Polytechnic. He was a research chemist for the United States Air Force's Division of Aerospace Research at Wright Patterson Air Force Base from 1951 to 1976. After his retirement from the Air Force, he worked for many years as an independent computer consultant. Leonard was a long-time member of Beth Abraham Synagogue and helped organize the Jewish Genealogical Society of Dayton. He is survived by his wife, Ruth (Cohen), two children, Eila (Phillip) Sherman and David (Ellen) Spialter, and three grandchildren, Leia Spialter, Jennifer Sherman and Benjamin Spialter.

  • Ben Hapgood Tongue ’48

    Ben Hapgood Tongue Pioneer in invention and manufacture of electronics for early television, closed-circuit and cable industries, a 'born engineer' and youthful visionary Ben Hapgood Tongue, beloved husband of Gloria Rose Tongue, died peacefully in his sleep in the dawning moments of July Fourth. Ben had a very long and productive life. The first in his family to earn a college degree, he obtained a bachelor of electrical engineering degree from Northeastern University in 1945 and then a master's in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1948. Although offered a teaching position, Ben opted to enter the business arena in order to help support his mother and sister. It was at Panoramic Radio Corporation where he met Ike Blonder, with whom he formed Blonder Tongue Laboratories in 1950. Together, they pioneered an array of products designed for the burgeoning television industry and Blonder Tongue became the gold standard for quality in that industry. Soon after forming Blonder Tongue, Ben met his life mate, Gloria Rose Lasek, whom he married in 1952 and lived happily with until her death in 2012.

    Ben ably led Blonder Tongue through 40 exciting years, meeting the challenges of changing technologies and stern competition from both on and offshore competitors. Finally, in 1989, he stepped down to a well-deserved rest. But an idle retirement wasn't in Ben's nature and he returned to a passion of his youth - the study of crystal radios. Soon his personal crystal radio website had a devoted worldwide following and he authored technical articles that have served to advance the state of the art in crystal radio technology. That Ben would so easily move the needle on crystal radio technology isn't surprising; he was a born engineer. His hometown newspapers chronicled the early adventures of the local youth who created his own radio from odds and ends and installed it on his bicycle, a wonderful antecedent of our current in-car entertainment systems, and a presagement of his contributions yet to come. He is survived by his three children, Benson Tongue, Glenn Tongue, and Barbara Ling.

  • William H. Nelson ’43

    William H. Nelson ’43

    Born June 13, 1922, in Port Richmond, Staten Island, New York. Died June 5, 2015. His parents were Henry Bacon Nelson of Middletown, NY, and Carolyn Mary Green of Shepton Mallet, England and Westtown, NY. In June of 1943, at the age of 21, Bill received his Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering degree from the Polytechnic University of Brooklyn, NY and his commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army Air Corps at Yale University OCS. He was then stationed at Pueblo, CO to train for service with B24 Bombers. Part of his training included attending the P&WA engine school in East Hartford, CT from Dec. 1943 to Feb. 1944. Jan. 15, 1944, Bill married his childhood sweetheart, Ruth Mary Finch of Middletown, NY. Their marriage at St. Thomas Cathedral in NYC was the beginning of a 71 year loving life together.

     In June of 1944 Bill was sent to Europe where he was assigned to the 394th Fighter Squadron, for which he served as Engineering Officer in France and Germany until the end of WWII. In Nov. 1945, Bill began his career with P&WA, first as Experimental Test Engineer, then as Flight Test Engineer, running tests at altitude on the new J-57 jet engines. When Flight Test was discontinued at Rentschler Field, he joined Flight Operations Engineering, flying worldwide with various airlines, observing and advising flight crews regarding the operation of P&WA engines for optimum efficiency.

    In 1950 the Nelsons built their home on the shore of Lake Terramuggus in Marlborough, CT, where they lived for 33 happy years. After retirement from P&WA in 1983, Bill and Ruth moved to Hawaii to be near their son and his wife and 2 grandsons . . . and to enjoy several years in the Paradise of the Pacific. In 1995 they returned to CT, settling in Simsbury and spending the winters in Hawaii. Bill was pre-deceased by all of his generation except one younger cousin, Lydia Nelson Knob of Goshen, NY. Besides his wife, Ruth, he also leaves his son, Gary and his wife Ingrid of Sparks, NV; his grandson, Chris and his wife Lisa and 2 great-grandchildren, Malia and Micah of Colorado Springs, CO; and grandson Andrew and his wife Elizabeth of Boise, ID. He also leaves a great host of nieces and nephews, cousins of various degrees, in-laws, and other "shirt-tail" relatives of the Nelson family. Uncle Bill will be remembered with love and remembrance of all the happy times . . . family picnics, golf tournaments, holiday dinners, wedding and anniversary celebrations shared by his family and friends. 

  • William Ralph Nummy Sr. ’42

    William Ralph Nummy Sr., 93, died June 11, 2015, at Bickford Cottage in Midland. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Oct. 2, 1921, to Lillian (Wettergren) and Sydney Nummy. He graduated from Brooklyn Polytechnic High School, salutatorian of his class. Bill then worked and went to night school after graduation, for there was no money for college. In 1942, he enlisted in the Navy, became a Marine corpsman, and eventually was selected for officer training. Bill then attended and graduated from Sewanee: the University of the South. He finished his education at the University of Rochester, where he completed his doctorate in organic chemistry in 1949. During his years at the University of Rochester, Bill met and married Betsy Nummy, his wife for 63 years. He worked in polymers briefly at Arnold, Hoffman & Company in Providence, R.I., before coming to Midland and working for The Dow Chemical Co. Bill and Betsy had four children, William R. Nummy, Jr., (Sheryl) of Lansing, Kathleen (Joseph) Mortensen of Midland, Anne (Lawrence) Bolind of Imperial, Pa., and Kristin (Douglas) Fowler of Midland.
    Bill was proud of his service during World War II. Initially a Marine corpsman, Bill was a part of the invasion of North Africa in 1942, and was on board a ship at Fedela near Casablanca, when it was torpedoed and sank. Following leave, he drew notice to his intellect by solving a problem that had stumped others, and was selected to become an officer. He was assigned to the V-12 program, which placed men in college as they simultaneously served in the Navy. 

    Bill was enrolled at Sewanee, and his experience there was life changing. He loved and supported Sewanee for the rest of his life. Bill eventually reached the rank of Lieutenant, J.G., and was navigator for the destroyer Noa, which ran training off the east coast of the United States until the end of the war. The G.I. Bill allowed him to get his doctorate, and for this he was grateful. "I'm a lucky guy," he often said, commenting that luck was being in the right place at the right time, and working hard when opportunity presented itself. Bill joined Dow in 1953, where he worked in the physics lab, the polymer lab, and then moved into management of laboratories. He played a role in the development and marketing of Styrofoam and polyethylene foam, now well known as the "noodles" that are popular for water play. Bill was honored to be intensely pursued to become head of Sewanee's Department of Chemistry during his years at Dow, but declined with regret. He maintained several very close relationships from his time there, and visited whenever he could. Bill traveled widely for Dow, and he appreciated the chance to see the world. As Dow expanded its pharmaceutical development, he was eventually named Global Coordinator of Human Health Products. Bill lived in Milan, Italy for Dow Lepetit, best known for bringing rifampicin, an important tuberculosis drug, to market. The next stop was Switzerland, and he finished his years with Dow at Merrell Dow in Cincinnati. After retiring in 1983, he joined Doan Associates to round out his career.

    Bill's joys and interests were varied. He loved knowledge for its own sake, and read voraciously and widely over the years. The Civil War was a fascination all of his life, as was history and biography in general. He once considered when young, becoming an historian, but concluded all history had all been studied and written about, so there would be nothing for him to add-he told this story with a chuckle. Bill also loved the ocean, introduced to him by his stint in the Navy, and then sailing with friends off Rhode Island. After coming to Midland, he eventually built a small sailboat in his basement, and sailed it on the lakes of Michigan with family and friends. Bill built models from childhood, and he built many during retirement. He built everything from a fishing boat to three-mast ships, using kits or doing from-scratch cutting, crafting each model with great detail and care. His interest in sailing ships was slaked by reading the Napoleon era British naval books by Patrick O'Brian. The appeal of sports was great for Bill; he played football, softball, volleyball, bowled and even took up curling. Bill also loved watching sports, first as a fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1930s, and then as a loyal Tigers fan, and a disappointed Lions fan once Bobby Lane was gone. The centerpiece of his sports pleasure and pain was golf, which devotion he shared with Betsy. They were members of the Midland Country Club for 50 years, and played there regularly. After Bill's retirement from Dow in 1983, Betsy and Bill enjoyed summers at Crystal Downs Country Club in Frankfort for 30 years, where the next round of golf was always just over the horizon.

    Bill wanted the best for his family, especially in education. He made sure his children could go to college without the struggle he had faced, and began buying U.S. savings bonds as soon as they were born. In the end, each child received all the education they wanted, and it was, as he said, "a source of great satisfaction" that his children never worried for a minute about funds. They remain grateful for this gift. His children knew Dad was always there to help or back them in any way he could, and in later years would ask if everyone was all right, or did someone need something? His generosity was well known to the family. The family would like to thank the faithful, kind and loving staff of Bickford Cottage who cared for Bill and Betsy over the past eight years, with special thanks to Adele, who kept them well fed, Kristin for daily care, and Danielle and Crystal in his last illness. They are grateful as well to Pauline Leaman, a caregiver who provided support and comfort with great dedication.
    Bill is survived by his four children; 13 grandchildren: Jonathan and David Bolind, Dan, Kevin and Keith Pickelmann, Melissa (David) Vaughn, Edie (Andrew) Cooper, Brian (Anna) Nummy, Anne (John Sartorius) Mortensen, Charles (Helga) Mortensen, John (Linda) Mortensen, Andrew (Christine Veenstra) Mortensen, Peter (Kimra McPherson) Mortensen; and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betsy Nummy.

  • Dominick Tringali

    Dominick Tringali

    Dominick Tringali, 91, of Columbia, SC, husband of Dorothy Cameron Tringali, died Saturday, February 21, at Palmetto Baptist Hospital. The son of Liborio and Marianna Tringali, he was born June 6, 1923, in New York City. He attended Brooklyn schools prior to enlisting in the Army and serving during World War II in the Pacific Theater, with combat in the Philippines.

    Returning home, he worked briefly with his father at Tringali and Sons Iron Works and then attended Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute (now New York University Polytechnic Institute) where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, the Rifle Team and Pi Tau Sigma, national honorary Mechanical Engineering fraternity. He worked for several companies, designing machinery with a number of patents registered in his name at the U.S. Patent Office. One was a mail sorting machine used for a number of years by the U.S. Postal Service.

    He was a member of Eastminster Presbyterian Church for the past 47 years. He was also active in Great Books Club and the Columbia Computer Club.

    Surviving in addition to his wife of 53 years are: a daughter, Nancy Tringali Piho and her husband Paul of Washington, D.C.; a son, John Cameron Tringali and his wife Melissa of Columbia; four grandchildren, Katherine Elizabeth (Kate) Tringali and John Cameron (Cam) Tringali Jr of Columbia, William Paul (Willie) Piho and Daniel Phillip Piho, of Washington; a brother, Salvatore Tringali of Williamsburg, VA; a brother-in-law, Bernard Knudsen of Haworth, NJ, and a number of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Lee Tringali, and a sister, Jean Tringali Knudsen.