veteran Donald B. Brick


Of Burlington, formerly of Lexington, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on October 22, 2014.    He was the beloved husband of Phyllis Brick, also of Burlington, for 62 years.  Don was the beloved father of James Brick and his wife Wendy, Susan Weinbaum and her husband Dan Weinbaum, and Howard Brick and his wife Jill Smilow.  He was the beloved grandfather of his grandchildren Jaclyn Gutierrez and her husband Antonio Gutierrez, Arielle Brick, Elana Weinbaum, Kayley Weinbaum, Julia Weinbaum, Jeremy Brick and Eli Brick.  Don leaves behind an extended family of cousins in Boston, New York, and Florida. 

Born in Brooklyn, NY on October 1, 1927 and raised in Patterson, NJ, Don came to Boston after serving in the US Army to attend Harvard University in 1946 and never left. He graduated from Harvard with a B.A. in Applied Physics in 1950, received a Master of Sciences from Harvard, and his PhD in Engineering Sciences and Applied Physics from Harvard in 1956. 

After completing his studies, Don enjoyed a long and distinguished career as an engineer, scientist, entrepreneur, senior official in the Federal government, and consultant right up to the time of his death.  He was granted multiple patents, published many articles in scientific journals, and was a Fellow of the IEEE and a Member of Sigma Xi, an engineering sciences honor society. He had over 65 years of experience and expertise in artificial intelligence, pattern recognition, and command-and-control research, design, and marketing.  From 1956 to 1965, Don worked as a Senior Scientist at GTE Sylvania.  Subsequently, he co-founded and served as CEO of several information technology and computer companies, including IRA Systems, one of the first commercial cathode ray technology computer companies, and Infoton.  He served as Executive Vice-President of Addressagraph Multigraph.  For eight years, Don was a Technical Director of the United States Air Force.  In that capacity, he oversaw development of radar systems and the command-and-control-infrastructure of the Air Force. He next consulted with many companies, including Draper Labs and Alphatec.   Over the last 15 years of his career until his death, Don worked on and was recognized as one of the leading experts on optical character recognition technology and its use in license plate recognition and cargo container reading systems across the United States.  In 2014, he was featured in the book Men Still at Work: Professionals Over Sixty and on the Job by Elizabeth F. Fidler.  When asked by the author why he was still working at the age of 86, Don responded “I have things to do so I don’t have to look for things to do.”

Don was a dedicated, life-long philanthropist and leader of the Jewish community of Boston.  He was a founding member of Temple Emunah and Temple Isaiah in Lexington.  He held many leadership positions in the Combined Jewish Philanthropies, was an Honorary Trustee, and raised money for the organization for over 50 years.  He also served in leadership positions and on the Board of Directors of the American Technion Society.  In these positions, he participated in many missions to Israel.

Don enjoyed spending time with his family and friends on Cape Cod, where he and his wife had a home in New Seabury for almost 40 years, and in Vermont where he skied with his family and friends at Mount Snow for many years.  Don was an avid boatsman, skier, tennis player, biker, and runner.  He loved classical music, listening to the Boston Symphony at Symphony Hall and at Tanglewood.  To his family and friends he was known for his ever present sense of humor; with a twinkle in his eye, he enjoyed nothing more than sharing a joke, pun, or one of his many stories. He was an eternal optimist and will be missed by those who knew and loved him.

Funeral services will take place at Temple Emunah in Lexington at 1:00 on Sunday, October 26, 2014, Shiva will be at the home of Howard Brick and Jill Smilow, Sunday 6-9 PM and Monday, 2-4 PM and 6-9 PM, and at the home of Phyllis Brick, Tuesday, 2-4 PM and 6-9 PM. Contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, 126 High Street, #2, Boston, MA 02110 or Temple Emunah, 9 Piper Road, Lexington, MA 02421.         


Alvin Shapiro

Alvin Shapiro, formerly of  Needham, on October 23, 2014. Beloved husband of Millie (Grossman) Shapiro. Dear son of the late Myer and Ann (Fishbein) Shapiro. Devoted father of Marc Shapiro and his wife Gail O’Brien, Bruce Shapiro and his wife Kim, Todd Shapiro and his wife Debbie. Dear grandfather of Tyler, Russell, Sydney, Chandler, Spencer, Matthew and Madison. Dear brother- in- law of Lynda and Lenny Glassman. Devoted  brother of the late Marsha Aaron. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Services at Temple Sinai, 25 Canton St., Sharon, on Sunday,October 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm. Interment at Sharon Memorial Park. Shiva will be announced at services. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445 or Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center, Office of Development, 330 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215.

Toby (Nerenberg) Saftler

died peacefully at the accomplished age of 87 on October 18, 2014. For 64 years she was the beloved wife of the late Melvin Saftler. She is survived by her children: Deborah and her husband Edward Baron, Lou and his wife Renae, Chuck and his wife Colleen . Adored Bubie to Marci and Chris Siegel, Sarah and Aaron Kelly, Hannah and Jackson Saftler. Treasured Bubie to great grandchildren Joe and Adam Siegel and Milo Kelly. Sister of the late Rebecca Hurwitz, Arnold Nerenberg and Benjamin Nerenberg. Services at Temple Beth Emunah, 479 Pearl Street, Brockton on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 11am. Following interment at Plymouth Rock Cemetery, Brockton, the family will return to Temple Beth Emunah until 2 pm. Memorial observance will continue at her late residence on Tuesday 7-9 pm, Wednesday and Thursday 12-4, 6-9 pm, Friday 12-4 pm. Remembrances may be made to Saftler Fund at Temple Beth Emunah, Brockton or to Autism Speaks, 1 East 33rd Street, 4th Floor, New York,NY 10016.

Jocelyn Amelia Sidel Straus

Jocelyn Amelia Sidel Straus- on October 14, 2014. Dear daughter of Donna Jean Sidel Straus and Douglas Charles Straus. Dear sister of  Samantha Mei Sidel Straus.  Services  will be  in California.


Janice Newman

Newman-Janice, of Brookline, on October 16, 2014. Dear daughter of the late Louis and Beryl (Caplan) Newman. Loving sister of Marjorie White and her husband Robert and the late Neil Jay Newman and his surviving wife Susan. Aunt of Amy Rachel Newman, Rebecca and her husband Aaron and their children Leora and Lila Leavey,Cynthia White, Allison and her husband Jeremy and their son Zachary Michaelson, and Brett and Rachel White. Janice was the niece of the late Y. Lorimer Caplan and his surviving wife Greta Caplan. Graveside services at Lindwood Memorial Park, 490 North Street, Randolph, on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 11:00 am. Following services memorial observance will be at the home of Judith and Barry Caplan on Monday only. Remembrances may be made to Temple Sinai, 50 Sewall Ave., Brookline, MA  02446.


Sally Rottenberg

ROTTENBERG, Sally Zykofsky (Silber) of Leominster, formerly of North Weymouth, on October 16, 2014. Beloved wife of the late Norman Rottenberg. Devoted mother of Robert Norman Zykofsky and his wife Sandra of Leominster. Loving sister of the late Doris Rosenthal. Graveside service at Lindwood Memorial Park, 490 North St., Randolph, on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 12:30 pm. Remembrances may be made to a charity of your choice.

Reisa Schwartz

Reisa  Schwartz- Services are incomplete at this time.

Ethel Goodman

Ethel Goodman  services are incomplete at this time.

Irma E. Wagner

Irma E. Wagner, of Columbia, MD, on October 13, 2014. Devoted mother of Stephen (Pamela) Wagner; Dear sister of Natalie Forbes; loving grandmother of Stephanie, Joseph and Nathan. Graveside  service  on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 in Sharon, MA. Memorial contributions may be made to  Alzheimer’s Association.

Ruth Rosenwach Sabowitz

Ruth Rosenwach Sabowitz, 96, of Pompano Beach, FL, Newton, MA, and formerly of Little Neck, NY, on October 12, 2014. Beloved wife of the late Morris. Devoted mother of Beth Clingman and her late husband Ken, and Stuart Sabowitz. Service in New York. Friends may visit the family at the residence of Beth Clingman, 41 Roundwood Rd., Newton Upper Falls, on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 4-9 pm.

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