Dr. Franklin H. Blecher '49 '50 '55

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.