Harold Broitman of Princeton died June 1, 2020. He was born in Brooklyn in 1927 and moved to Princeton in 1970 from Queens.
Mr. Broitman was employed by a number of large companies, starting with The Burroughs Corp. From there he moved to Fairchild Camera, where he worked on reconnaissance data analysis and design of reconnaissance cameras, among other technical military and defense projects. He developed a talent for reading requests for proposals from the government and turning them into successful projects for his company. He was given increasing responsibility for taking projects from beginning to end, and managed increasingly large teams of engineers. The last large corporation he worked for was RCA (Astro Division) in 1968. He eventually decided to start his own company, and with Meyer Sapoff founded Thermometrics in 1970. It was a major supplier of thermistors (temperature-sensing devices) to manufacturers and in medical applications. It was one of the early companies to take advantage of off-shoring, and he paid many visits to plants in Puerto Rico, Mexico, and China. Thermometrics was sold to a large British conglomerate in 1995, but he continued to consult with them for three years before full retirement.
He served in the military, where he learned to be a sharpshooter, in 1946.
He graduated from Brooklyn Polytech with a B.Sc. in mechanical engineering.
He sat on various local boards, particularly in the Jewish community. Among the philanthropic projects he supported were Columbia University research on Alzheimer’s and dementia, many mental health programs, support for seniors at home, and national and international Jewish projects.
Predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Adeline, in 2016, he is survived by his son, Steven L. (Barbara Wood); his daughter, Jessica (Gibor Basri); and three grandsons.
Private services were held with arrangements by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, Ewing.