Henry Feldman '40
Henry Feldman passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 20, 2012, surrounded by his cherished wife of almost 64 years, Gloria, his loving daughters Terry Baker and Nancy Feldman, and son-in law Tom Baker.
Henry was born in Brooklyn, NY. From an early age he had a passion for science, particularly astronomy, chemistry and physics, which he maintained his whole life. He graduated from Polytechnic Institute, Brooklyn, NY in 1940 with a degree in Chemistry and did graduate work in Physical Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology from 1940-1941, where Linus Pauling was his thesis advisor. For recreation, he enjoyed riding his Indian motorcycle and he loved to tell the story of how he was rescued by a regiment of General Patton's army one time when his cycle broke down in the Mojave Desert.
He left CalTech to take a civilian job with the Navy Department during World War II. He worked as a physicist in charge of the deperming station at the Bayonne (NJ) Navy Yard, demagnetizing ships to protect them from being blown up by enemy mines. After the war, he worked as a salesman in the family business, Atlantic Container Corporation, an early manufacturer of custom corrugated packaging. He met Gloria on a blind date at the end of 1947, and they each felt they had met "the one." That feeling lasted throughout their marriage.
Henry was a good, down to earth, patient and gentle man who enjoyed the simple pleasures of family life. A devoted and selfless husband and father, he enjoyed helping his daughters with their schoolwork and nurtured their interests. Whenever something needed fixing around the house, he always enjoyed the challenge of figuring out how to do it by himself. Henry was competent and capable at anything and everything he did. His other interests included playing the piano, reading, studying the stock market, taking photographs and home movies of family and friends, and traveling.
Henry was the much-loved patriarch of the extended Feldman family. He walked Terry, and later her cousin Jan, down the aisle when they were married. He is greatly missed. We love him and will keep him in our hearts always.