In Memoriam

  • Otto F. Gerkensmeier

    Otto F. Gerkensmeier

    Otto Frederick Gerkensmeier, 85, of Monmouth Beach, New Jersey, formerly of New York and Freehold, New Jersey passed away on Friday, January 4, 2013 at Monmouth Medical Center. Born in New York, Otto graduated from Grover Cleveland High School and enlisted in the United States Navy. He served on the USS Minivet-AM371-Minesweeper, which struck a mine, rolled over and sank on December 29, 1945, 31 died, 60 survived including Otto, who were later rescued at sea.

    After his Naval Service, Otto graduated from the Cooper Union School of Engineering with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and also attended The Polytechnic Institute for graduate study. Otto joined Bell Telephone Laboratories in New York and then Holmdel New Jersey. At his retirement in August 1989 he was department head at AT&T Information Systems at Alcatel Lucent in Middletown, New Jersey. He was issued seven patents concerning data transmission, teleswitching, early work in low speed data transmission and later in voice/data systems for small business and government agencies. He also supervised the initial development of computer access for PICTUREPHONE service and the early development of the 911 emergency response system.

    Otto was a former member of The Battleground Country Club and a member of the Tau Beta Pi, Telephone Pioneers, IEEE. He was an avid golfer and after moving to Monmouth Beach, Otto returned to his love of sailing. He could often be found on the Shrewsbury River or cruising the shore in his MG convertible.
     

  • Michael Joel Lerman '59

    Michael Joel Lerman '59

    Michael Joel Lerman, 75, of Neptune, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at Hospice in Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch. A proud man, he was born on Sept. 2, 1937 in Newark to the late Sol and Rose Lerman. He was a chemical engineer, who graduated from the Polytechnic Institute in New York. Michael worked for DeDetrich USA for many years and also held many patents for his company. Additionally, he was the co-president of Spectrum Products in West Virginia. Michael was in the "Who's Who of Technology." He also served on the board at The Villas at Jumping Brook, where he resided.

  • Nicholas D. Kourkoutas '51

    Nicholas D. Kourkoutas '51

    Nicholas D. Kourkoutas died peacefully on July 26, 2012 at the spry age of 92.  Born in New York City and raised in Greece, the Greek government awarded Nick medals for distinguished acts and bravery as an Army soldier during WWII. He studied Civil Engineering on the GI Bill at Brooklyn Polytechnic and later earned a Masters from NYU. In 1985 he retired from the NYC Transit Authority as Project Manager for the city's subways. During the 1970s, he taught construction design as adjunct professor at City College. An avid reader with a passion for history, Nick was consistently upbeat and lived life to the fullest until shortly before he died. He will be missed by many.
     

  • In Memoriam- 2013

    George J. Schaaf '38
    Robert H. Eisengrein '41
    Jean Mayers '42, '48
    Russell K. Olsen '42
    George Papps '43
    Henry J. Chaya '44
    Joseph T. Holden '44
    George B. Schippereit '44
    Alexander F. Weir, Jr. '46
    John L. Ashby '47
    Edward A. Frieman '48, ‘51
    Peter J. Reuter '48
    Elwood "Woody" Heinz '49,
    Herbert E. Kern '49
    John A.C. Krulish '49
    Robert A. Blohme '50
    Arthur E. Hoffman '50
    Otto F. Kammerer, Jr. '50
    Daniel I. Livingston, Ph.D. '50
    Ralph F. Mertz '50
    Victor R. Reynolds '51
    Seymour Salowe '51, '55
    Frederick M. Zinser, Jr. '51
    Harrison E. Mc Candlish '52
    John J. Gersic '53
    Paul C. Rossi '53
    Harry Strickholm '53
    Giulio G. Masullo '54
    Hans B. Schechter '54, '55
    James E. Chaplin, P.E. '55
    George Fangmann '55
    John D. Griffin '55
    Harold N. Johnson '55
    Daniel E. Robinson '55
    James J. Kassar '56
    Louis C. Palmer, Ph.D. '56
    James V. Toto '56
    Alfred E. Feuersanger '57
    Cliff F. Berninger, Ph.D. '59
    Arthur J. Leidich '59 '64
    Michael J. Lerman '59
    Joseph A. Pagano '60, '66
    George G. Sabak '60
    John Samaritano '60
    Moorfield Storey, Jr. '61
    Bernard Wittner '61
    William K. Woll '61
    George Kastanos ' 63
    Arthur H. Mader '63
    Steven F. Schiffer '63 '68
    John Robert Shine '63
    Victor B. Montana '64
    Alan M. Weinstein '65, '66, '72
    Michael H. Kappaz '70, Trustee
    Joseph E. Amico '73
    Ed Koch, '83H
    Stephen DeMicco '85
    Nezar Banaja '10
    Otto F. Gerkensmeier, Postgraduate
    Otto Vogl, Herman F. Mark Professor
    Dr. Lesley Millman Sibner, Professor Emeritus
     

  • Anthony De Biase '38

    Anthony De Biase '38

    Anthony De Biase, age 99, of Calabash, NC, passed away at Autumn Care of Shallotte on November 1, 2012.

    Tony was born in Itri, Italy, the son of Assunta and Paulo De Biase. He was predeceased by sisters Antoinietta and Josephine.

    His family emigrated to the U. S. in 1920, through Ellis Island, settling on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Despite not knowing the native language, Tony soon excelled in public schools and eventually gained entrance to the prestigious Cooper Union, a privately funded college located at Cooper Square and Astor Place right in his neighborhood. Attending on full scholarship, he graduated in 1934, at the height of the depression, with a degree in Civil Engineering. He eventually found work surveying for the WPA who were planning and constructing city improvement like the Henry Hudson Parkway and the Conservatory Gardens in Central Park.

    In 1938 he was hired by the NYC Tunnel Authority to work on the construction of the Queens Midtown Tunnel. In 1940 he became an Engineering Inspector for the NYC Board of Water Supply working on the construction of the Delaware Aqueduct. After World War II broke out, Tony was commissioned as Ensign in the Civil Engineer Corps of the U.S. Navy and sent to Pearl Harbor in 1944 to operate a major depot, sending out equipment for the Sea Bee construction battalions in the Pacific.

    After the war he was employed by a firm which was engaged in the design of various highway projects in N. Y. and N. J. involving topographical surveys of the Palisades Interstate Parkway from the George Washington Bridge to the Bear Mt. Bridge.

    The last 25 years of his working life were spent at the Port Authority of N.Y. and N. J. working on various projects, among which were the third Tube of the Lincoln Tunnel and the second deck (Martha) of the George Washington Bridge. At the time of his retirement in 1972, he held the position of Marine Terminals Construction Engineer, responsible for about 300 million dollars of construction budget yearly.

  • Dr. Lawrence Suchow '51

    Dr. Lawrence Suchow '51

    Dr. Lawrence Suchow passed away peacefully on October 7th, at age 89. A resident of Fort Lee, NJ, he was Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He was educated in New York City Public Schools and at DeWitt Clinton High School, CCNY, and Brooklyn Poly.  He held numerous scientific publications and patents. Dr. Suchow served in the U.S. Army on the Manhattan Project in the Corps of Engineers in Oak Ridge, TN. He was a lover of chemistry, theater, and his beloved wife Rosalyn.

  • Jan Edward Smith '69 '72

    Jan Edward Smith '69 '72

    Jan Edward Smith, 74, Glen Allen, VA (formerly of New City, NY) died on September 1, 2012. He was born in Peoria, Illinois, on November 30, 1937, and in his early years attended school in Chicago, Illinois. He completed his education in New York when his family moved from Chicago to New York City. 

    He served in the United States Navy from 1956 through 1960. He began classes as an evening student while working a demanding full-time job at IBM. He was elected as Vice President of the evening students in 1968. He earned a BS in Math in 1969, a MS in Industrial Engineering in 1972, and a MS in Computer Science in 1985 from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. 

    Jan worked for IBM for 32 plus years primarily in New York locations, retiring in 1993. He then started a programming consulting business and continued working for an additional 10 years, finally retiring in 2003. His passions were his family, reading technical materials and The New York Times, education, listening to modern jazz, being an amateur artist, color, and all things New York.

    He is survived by his wife of 52 years Harriet Hazel Smith, his daughters Sharon (Shanley W. Davis) of Henrico, VA, and Stacey (J. Eric Barnes) or Aliso Viejo, CA, a grandson (Stanley), and three granddaughters (Sydney, Mallory, and Nathalie).

  • Luigi C. Calandriello '72 '76

    Luigi C. Calandriello '72 '76

    Luigi Calandriello, 61, of Oakwood, who was known for living life to the fullest, died Friday in Mount Sinai Hospital, Manhattan.

    Born in Salerno, Italy, Mr. Calandriello was brought to the United States as a child and settled in Brooklyn. He moved to Oakwood in 1976.

    A graduate of Xaverian High School in Brooklyn, Mr. Calandriello earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a master's degree in project management from Polytechnic Institute of New York in Brooklyn.

    He worked as a project manager for Con Edison and then for Munoz Engineering.

    Mr. Calandriello enjoyed visiting Atlantic City, playing cards with friends and going to movies. He was a fan of the New York Yankees and was a member of the Father John C. Drumgoole Council, Knights of Columbus.

    Tina Marciano said her father "lived life to the fullest" and shared this Oscar Wilde quote to express that idea: "To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist. That is all."

  • In Memory of Neil Armstrong, U.S. Astronaut, 1930-2012

    We worked with Neil Armstrong, U.S. astronaut, and fellow crewmen Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins for almost seven years at the NASA resident office for Project Apollo at the Grumman Aerospace Corp., designing, building and testing the Lunar Module (LM).

    The LM was the first and only manned spaceship to land men on the moon. Neil was a gentleman, a U.S. Navy combat pilot, a test pilot of advanced aircraft design, a great technician and engineer, a professor, an Astronaut and a patriot. He served the United States well during the dark days of the Korean War and the Cold War, when we competed with Soviet communism for supremacy in space, and we won, technically, economically and politically. Neil will be greatly missed by his family, friends, NASA, supplier contractors, Grumman, coworkers and other astronauts. The Eagle has landed. Goodbye, Neil, and God speed on your next journey.

    Submitted by five Poly aerospace engineers:

    • Robert Zuckerman, Structures and Dynamics
    • Anthony Liccardi, Manager
    • Walter Gaylor, Chief Engineer
    • Frederick A. Zito, Guidance and Navigation
    • Robert Newlander, Project Engineer
  • Barry F. Fitzgerald '59 '66

    Barry F. Fitzgerald '59 '66

    It is with great sadness that the family of Barry F. Fitzgerald announces his passing on July 28, 2012. He was 75. He passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with melanoma cancer.

    Barry was born on June 15, 1937, in Queens, N.Y., to his mother Elizabeth and his father William, both of whom preceded his death, as well as his brother William Jr. As a young man, Barry completed his BS and MS in Electrical Engineering at Polytechnic Institute of New York University and earned his MBA at Long Island University. He was President of American Nucleonics Corporation in Westlake Village for 11 years before retiring and consulting until about a year ago.

    Throughout his life and retirement, he enjoyed fishing and boating on Long Island and his second home in Ft. Myers Beach, Fla. He loved spending time with family and had a passion for classical music and fine wines. For most of his life, Barry was a dedicated long-distance runner, having completed dozens of races and multiple half and full marathons. He continued to run daily up until the last few months of his life.

    Barry's legacy to his many friends and family, who will miss him immensely, was his gentle heart, kindness, family values, work ethic and faith.