In Memoriam

  • Nathan S. Erlbaum '72 '73

    Nathan S. Erlbaum '72 '73

    Nathan Erlbaum, 61, of Albany died on Friday evening, April 27, 2012 at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany surrounded by his loving family and friends. Born in Staten Island, Nathan was a graduate of the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. He had been employed for 39 years as an associate transportation analyst for the New York State Department of Transportation. He was a member of Congregation Ohav Shalom in Albany.

  • William J. Shearman '55

    William J. Shearman '55

    William Joseph "Bill" Shearman died at his home in Ft. Pierce, Florida on February 17, 2012. Bill was born on May 2, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York, the youngest of four children, to John and Gertrude Shearman. He attended Boys High School, and obtained his degree in Civil Engineering from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. Bill worked for construction firms on public and private projects in New York, New Jersey, Mississippi and Florida, becoming a licensed professional engineer and spending the final 20 years of his career planning and directing road construction for Broward County. His family and friends will hold on to his memory.

  • Julian H. Kushnick '50 '58

    Julian H. Kushnick '50 '58

    Julian H. Kushnick, 82, was a visionary mechanical engineer, innovator, leader, honorable and worldly man of integrity, whose character combined the highest levels of technical acuity with broad intellect. He was born in Brooklyn, NY and lived his life between Brooklyn, Hemlock Farms in PA, and Boca Raton, FL. He held Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute and worked for Honeywell/AlliedSignal for 45 years, having risen through the ranks to many positions in R&D, the latest being Director of Government Marketing. He was always devoted to family. Julian will be missed by all.

  • Dr. F. Robert Mayforth '44 '46

    Dr. F. Robert Mayforth '44 '46

    F. Robert Mayforth, age 89, of Wilmington, DE passed away on Monday, April 9, 2012 at Sunrise Assisted Living on Shipley Rd, where he had excellent care for the last three years.

    Bob was born in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated in 1946 from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn with a Master's in Chemical Engineering. He earned his PhD in Chemical Engineering at Ohio State in 1948.

    He started work in 1943 as a Research & Development Engineer with Celanese Corp. From 1948 to 1960 he was a Product Development Engineer at DuPont. In 1960, he branched off into the investment world, where he worked at various companies as a Security Analyst, Investment Broker and Portfolio Manager. He last worked at RBC Wealth Management until the age of 86. As a Security Analyst, he specialized in the environmental control field, as well as the chemical and photographic industries. He was one of the few analysts selected for the 1972 Institutional Investor All Star Team in two industries - Chemicals and Pollution Control. He was a Chartered Financial Analyst and a past President of the Financial Analysts of Wilmington. Other professional affiliations include memberships in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Chemical Society and honorary engineering societies including Phi Lambda Upsilon and Sigma Xi.

    Bob was an active member of Concord Presbyterian Church, serving in the early years as elder, superintendent of Sunday School and chair of the building committe and he enjoyed music, theatre, travel and projects around the house.

  • Milton S. Schwartz '62 '66

    Milton S. Schwartz '62 '66

    Milton S., 69, of New Milford, NJ passed away on Wednesday, February 15th, 2012. Milt was born in Brooklyn, NY and lived in New Milford, NJ for 32 years. He graduated from James Madison High School in 1958 and received his B.S. and M.S. from Brooklyn Polytech in Metallurgical Engineering. He started his own business, Materials Expertise, Inc., in Fairfield, NJ in 1975. Among other things, he did consulting work on the Space Shuttle and the Harpoon Missile System. Milt was a ham radio operator for many years; his call letters were K2ZXO. He took up motorcycling at the age of 53 and enjoyed riding for as long as his health permitted. He was very proud of his four women --- his wife of almost 40 years, Barbara, their twin daughters, Lauren and Debbie, and their older daughter, Bonnie --- and he never tired of letting people know that in 2005 Bonnie successfully swam the English Channel from England to France.

  • Gennaro A. Marino '57

    Gennaro A. Jerry Marino, 82, a former Mayor of Kutztown, died suddenly March 31, 2012 in The Reading Hospital and Medical Center, West Reading shortly after admission. Born in the neighborhood of Corona, in Queens Borough, New York City, he was a son of the late Michael A. and Santa (DeFeo) Marino. Mr. Marino was a U.S. Air Force veteran serving during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of St. Marys Roman Catholic Church, Kutztown.

    Jerry was a 1957 graduate of the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, with a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering. He was employed as a professional civil engineer by North Berry Structures Corporation, Brooklyn, DIC Concrete Corporation, New York, NY and many other high rise structural concrete corporations in New York City. Some of the more notable construction projects Mr. Marino worked on include the Twin Towers and Pan Am Buildings in New York City. He was licensed as a Professional Engineer in New York, Pennsylvania and Nevada.

    Marino served as mayor of the Borough of Kutztown from 2002 through 2005. He is a member of Floral Park Lodge 1016, F.&A.M., New York. Mr. Marino was a member of the Hoch-Balthaser American Legion Post 480, Kutztown, where he served as Treasurer, Kutztown Optimist Club, where he coached basketball and T-ball. He also was manager of a Babe Ruth Little League team in Kutztown, for two years. Jerry loved the Kutztown community and would often be seen walking Main Street, striking up conversations with passers-by, both young and old alike.

  • Dr. Kenneth William Crowley '67 '72

    Dr. Kenneth William Crowley '67 '72

    Dr. Kenneth William Crowley, 83, of State College, passed away, Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at Mount Nittany Medical Center. Kenneth was born Jan. 9, 1929, in New York City to the late Elsie Graves and James Crowley. Dr. Crowley, formerly of Connecticut, graduated from Yale University in 1949 with a Bachelors degree in civil engineering. He received his masters and doctorate from New York Polytechnic Institute in 1972, becoming a Doctor of Philosophy for transportation planning. He joined the United States Air Force shortly after graduating from Yale. He joined first as a drill sergeant and then finished his tour as a first lieutenant before receiving his honorable discharge. When he returned from his time served, he reconnected with old friends and found again a lovely woman, Ann Connors, whom he would marry October 27, 1955. They shared life and love in many places and raised three children together in New York City and State College. After schooling, military, and marriage, Dr. Crowley enjoyed a successful career. He worked for the New York Port Authority while working towards his Master's Degree and Doctorate in the city, and afterwards, moved his family to State College, where he taught at Penn State University for a number of years. After his time teaching, he left the university to join the Institute of Research, where he remained until his retirement. He extended his career after retiring by functioning as an expert witness to vehicular accidents for Robson Lapina Inc. Kenneth enjoyed many activities throughout his life, including reading, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

  • Malven Arnum '56

    Malven Arnum '56

    Malven Arnum, 78, beloved husband of 50 years, father, brother, grandfather, uncle, and cousin passed away peacefully on Monday night at his home after a valiant battle with cancer. A former long-time resident of Sudbury, Massachusetts, Mr. Arnum moved to Raleigh, North Carolina in 2006 to be close to his daughter and three grandsons.

    Mr. Arnum was the eldest of six children, the first three born on a small island on the west coast of Norway, and the younger three born in the United States. He immigrated to the United States with his family at the age of 15 in 1948. The family made their home in Brooklyn, New York; Mr. Arnum earned a degree in electrical engineering at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. In 1961 he married his sweetheart Martha J. Thompson, also of Norwegian heritage. When he secured a job with the Raytheon Corporation, they made their first home in North Plainfield, New Jersey and then Woburn, Massachusetts before finally settling in Sudbury, Massachusetts, an idyllic suburb west of Boston. He later earned two masters degrees from Northeastern University in electrical engineering and engineering management.

    Mr. Arnum was a member of Sudbury United Methodist Church before transferring to Millbrook United Methodist Church in Raleigh. He was an avid stamp collector, a keen student and tutor of advanced mathematics, competitive bridge player, as well as a gardener and carpenter. His primary interest, however, was his strong ties to his native land of Norway, where he returned to his family home to visit friends and relatives as often as he could. He was an active member of Sons of Norway, Norumbega Lodge #3-506, which he once served as President and other positions, including the chief food buyer for the Lodge's annual Scandinavian Fair.

  • Herbert H. Rubin '58

    Herbert H. Rubin passed away on February 12, 2012 at the age of 74. Herb earned his Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree Cum Laude from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1958, with a minor in nuclear engineering. He also earned a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Herb spent his entire professional career doing nuclear engineering work for the navy at General Electric’s Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in Schenectady New York. Upon his retirement, he and Irma moved to Colorado to be near family.

  • Herman Fialkov '51

    Herman Fialkov '51

    Former Long Island technology investor Herman Fialkov has died after a long battle with an undisclosed illness. He was 89.

    Fialkov lived in Boca Raton, Fla., but spent many years on Long Island as a former resident of Westbury and Great Neck. He was born in Brooklyn 1922.

    Fialkov is most well known for co-founding the General Transistor Corp. in 1954, a technology company that became a pioneer of microchips. When General Transistor merged with General Instrument Corp. in 1960, Fialkov convinced General Instrument’s leadership to venture into cable television, purchasing Jerrold Electronics – a company that has ultimately evolved into Comcast.

    In 1968, Fialkov founded his own venture capital firm, Geiger and Fialkov and also set up several others, including Aleph Null and Polyventures. He served as a partner in the Jericho-based venture capital firm Newlight Associates until 2004.

    In his more than 40 years in venture capital, Fialkov provided investments that helped finance the startup or early development of many international tech companies including Intel, Teledyne and Long Island-based Envision, Standard Microsystems and Globecomm Systems.

    “He was soft spoken, but loud in actions; a real gentleman,” said Peter Goldsmith, president of the Long Island Software and Technology Network, who has honored Fialkov with several awards for his years of service to the tech field. “He invested in so many Long Island tech companies, and was a real tech pioneer, not just for Long Island, but for the entire country.”