Posted March 26th, 2012
Uriel Domb founded, in 1980, Telespace Ltd., one of the world's leading satellite consulting companies, and has been its President and CEO since that time. Born in Israel in 1942, he attended the Reali School and served in the Israeli Defense Force.
Uriel earned a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and an M.S. in Astronautics from the Polytechnic University of New York, as well as an M.S. in Operations Research from Columbia University. He was a NASA Fellow at Cornell University, and an Adjunct Professor of Communications at York University (Canada).
His long and distinguished career in Aerospace includes key roles in the ground team of the first lunar landing mission of Apollo in 1969, and in the launch of the world's first domestic communications satellite, Canada's Anik in 1972.
He was instrumental in supporting major international satellite organizations such as Inmarsat, Eutelsat, Intelsat, the European Space Agency, SES of Luxembourg, GE Americom, GTE/ Spacenet and COMSAT, as well as the National Satellite Communications Systems of Canada, USA, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Thailand, Israel and Norway.
Uriel Domb was a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a registered professional engineer in Ontario, Cannada, author of numerous technical papers on satellite technology, past chairman of several international Aerospace conferences, and Canada's previous representative to the International Astronautical Federation. His name appears in the prominent American and Canadian Who is Who Publications.
He was married, the father of five children, and lived in Toronto, Canada, since 1978.
Posted March 26th, 2012
Melvin Elliot Lapides, 83, passed away on February 8, 2012.
Mel was born in Brooklyn, New York. He earned BS and MS degrees in chemical engineering from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, and worked as a nuclear engineer for most of his career.
In 1962 Mel moved to Palo Alto, recruited from General Electric by Philco-Ford, where he became Manager of Space Technology. In 1974 he joined the newly-formed Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), where he met his future wife, Larkin. He retired from the Nuclear Power Division in 1993 and moved to Los Altos.
If engineering was Mel’s vocation, art was his avocation. His wire figures and mobiles delighted viewers of all ages, and were exhibited at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, Platt Galleries, a midwestern nuclear power plant, and The Terraces of Los Altos.
Mel was a gifted comic writer, enthusiastic vegetable gardener, and a wizard bridge and poker player. He was a staunch volunteer with Los Altos Friends of the Library and helped pioneer the online book sales program. He missed no opportunity to brag about his children and grandchildren.
Sadly, advanced Parkinson’s Disease finally caught up with Mel.
Posted March 13th, 2012
Morton W. Leeds, 94, passed away peacefully at home on Dec. 4, 2011. Mr. Leeds was a longtime resident of New Jersey, formerly of Murray Hill, and in recent years of Maplewood, at Winchester Gardens. He was born and raised in Brooklyn and attended Polytechnic University, from where he earned B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry, a subject for which he had a lifelong passion. Mr. Leeds used his expertise in chemistry for chemical and clinical research; studied the pharmacology of drugs and worked with drug regulatory affairs and held positions at Interchemical Corporation; DuPont; Schwartz Laboratories; Ohio Medical Corporation (Airco) and Novartis (Ciba-Geigy). After leaving Ciba-Geigy in 1982, he established Med-Chem Associates, a consultancy dealing with cases of medical malpractice, drug interactions and overdoses, which led to his service as an expert witness in cases around the country. He was particularly noted with regard to his work in the pharmaceutical industry and in the field of polymers and he held over 30 patents. He also served as an adjunct professor of chemistry at schools in New Jersey over a 27-year period, including Fairleigh Dickinson University, Kean University, Caldwell College and Union and Middlesex County colleges.
Posted March 2nd, 2012
LTC. H. Herbert Kern, 77, of Boonton Township, NJ died Saturday Sept. 3rd, peacefully at home. Born on April 17, 1934 and raised in Brooklyn NY, he met the love of his life Mary. They married and lived in Glendale, Queens until he and his young family moved to Boonton Twp. NJ in 1968.
Herb was a graduate of Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute in 1956 with a BS in Aeronautical Engineering and later received his MBA degree from the same. He worked at Grumman and the US Navy developing aircraft & defensive systems for the US Military. He then took a position with the Treasury Department and retired in 1999 as a Regional Manager of the Engineering Evaluation Division of the IRS, Mountainside, NJ.
Herb served his country in the US Army Corps of Engineers for 2 yrs with the rank of Lieutenant in 1956 and as an active reservist until retirement in 1999 holding the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Herb was an Assistant Cub Scout Master when living in Queens, a Judge for the Army Corps for many years for the NYC Student Science Fair, an active volunteer with Deborah Heart and Lung Center, sang with the Mountain Lake Choral group, and served as an auxiliary police officer in Boonton Twp.
In his retirement years he enjoyed woodworking, traveling, and participating in Karaoke, locally and internationally and had a following of fans who loved hearing his renditions of Frank Sinatra.
Posted March 2nd, 2012
John Edward Barry, of Pinehurst, N.C., died on January 21, 2012 at the VA Medical Center in Fayetteville, N.C. where he had been a patient for eight years. He was born on February 22, 1924 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, the son of John M. Barry and Antonia Letarte Barry. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, Tenth Mountain Division, and served during World War II in Italy, where he was wounded and later honorably discharged in 1945. He was also the recipient of the Purple Heart.
He was a graduate of The Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering Degree. He retired as president and CEO of Sovereign Chemical Company of Akron, Ohio.
At the time of his death, he was a member of Community Presbyterian Church, Pinehurst, NC.
Posted February 27th, 2012
Adrian J. Pallone, 83, of Windham, formerly of Andover, MA, passed away on Tuesday, January 3, 2011 at his home in Windham, surrounded by his loving family. Adrian passed following a long battle with Parkinson's.
Adrian was born in Lille, France. He was raised in Italy and immigrated to the United States in 1946. He attended Brooklyn Polytechnic University where he received his Bachelor's degree, Master's Degree and a PhD in Aeronautical/Mechanical Engineering. Adrian was a Professor of Aerodynamics at N.Y.U. and worked for over 30 years as Chief Scientist at Avco/Textron in Wilmington until his retirement. He was a fellow in the A.I.A.A. and also attended and received a degree from the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management.
Adrian was 46 year resident of Andover until he recently moved to Windham. While in Andover he was a member of St. Augustine 's Church and more recently was a member of St. Matthew's Church in Windham. He was an avid skier and hiker, had a great love of the outdoors and enjoyed boating and sailing. He was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather and he will be dearly missed by all that knew him.
Posted February 8th, 2012
Harvey M. Fox died Monday, August 22, 2011 at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. Mr. Fox was born in Bronx, N.Y., and has been a Capital District resident most of his life. He was employed for many years by General Electric Co. in Schen-ectady as a metallurgist. He enjoyed jazz, classical music and photography.
Posted February 8th, 2012
David L. Hawke died on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, at his home in Rossmoor, Monroe Township, N.J. Mr. Hawke was born and raised in Tottenville, Staten Island, N.Y. He moved to Metuchen, N.J., in 1956, where he was active in Little League and Junior League Baseball programs and in the Metuchen Tennis Association.
Since 1996, he resided in the Rossmoor, Monroe Township, community, where he was a member of the Rossmoor Men's Golf Club, the Bocce Club, and the Rossmoor Writers Group. He was co-editor of the magazine, "The Rossmoor Fox," and in 2001 edited and published an anthology of the group's works under the same title.
Mr. Hawke, an engineering materials specialist, worked for 38 years with NL Industries, selecting materials of construction for chemical and metallurgical plants. Following retirement from NL, he worked as a technical consultant to producers of magnesium metal, most recently, Norsk Hydro Magnesium Division. He was the author of several technical papers on the use of magnesium die-castings for weight reduction in automotive applications.
He was a cum laude graduate of Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, N.Y. He served in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II, earning a Central Europe Campaign Ribbon.
Posted February 8th, 2012
Anthony J. Bianculli died on Dec. 21, 2011. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Mr. Bianculli resided at Four Seasons at Upper Freehold for the past three years. Prior to that, he was a long-time resident of Rocky Hill, NJ, where he served as mayor and had chaired its Board of Adjustment. He was a member of the Rocky Hill Republican Committee for over 35 years.
Mr. Bianculli was a mechanical engineer with extensive and varied technical and management experience at RCA Corporation locations at Harrison, Princeton, and Somerville, NJ. He graduated from Polytechnic University, where he was elected a member of Pi Tau Sigma, the national mechanical engineering honor society.
Upon his retirement from RCA, he established a consulting business and provided technical services to Siemens Corporation. Mr. Bianculli was a life fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and served as chairman of its national Technology and Society Division. He was also active in the Society's Trenton Section. He was a trustee and treasurer of the Mary Jacobs Library in Rocky Hill and also chaired its Advisory Board. Mr. Bianculli was a past board member of the Somerset County Library Commission.
He was also president of the North Jersey RCA Retirement Group. Pursuing his interest in railroad history, he authored a four volume study of American railroads in the 19th century titled, "Trains and Technology," that was published by the University of Delaware Press. A fifth book, "Railroad History on American Postage Stamps," was published by the Astragal press. A more recent book, "Iron Rails in the Garden State," was published by Indiana University Press. A member of numerous historical societies, Mr. Bianculli helped with the effort to establish a railroad and transportation museum in New Jersey.
He served in the United States Army Air Force from 1944 to 1945. He was a member of St. John's Church in Allentown, NJ.
Posted February 8th, 2012
Dr. Franklin H. Blecher passed away recently on January 12th, 2012.
The son of Betsy and David Blecher, brother to Stanley (deceased) and sister-in-law Helen. His nephews are Tedd (Randy and family), Malcolm and Alexander Blecher. He leaves his beloved wife Judith, stepdaughters Melanie Cohen and Kyle Fuchs (Charles and family).
Dr. Blecher was a native of Brooklyn. He grew up in Seagate and was an alumnus of Brooklyn Technical High School. Dr. Blecher graduated summa cum laude with three degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. He was a Fellow of IEEE and received awards in 1959, 1975, and in 2000 he received the third millennium medal. In 2003 he received a National Academy of Engineering award for work in developing solid state circuits and large telecommunications systems. He had a distinguished 37 year career with AT&T Bell Laboratories. He made contributions in transistor design for computer application and helped develop telephone and cellular transmission systems. Dr. Blecher retired to Miami Beach in 1989.
Dr. Blecher was a highly respected Trustee and Advisor to the board of Polytechnic for over two decades. He also served as Director of the Alumni Association. In 2005 he was recognized as one of 18 Poly Thinkers and presented the University’s Sesquicentennial Medal.
Contributions can be made to Dr. Franklin H. Blecher - Adeline S. Hinden Scholarship fund at Polytechnic Institute of NYU 6 Metro Tech Center, Brooklyn, NY 11201.