Henry Apfelbaum, 72, of Monroe Township died March 5, 2012. He was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Miami.
Mr. Apfelbaum had a director-level career that spanned more than three decades at Bell Laboratories, AT&T, and Lucent Technologies, where he created speeches and bylined articles, essays, book chapters, and testimonies for five consecutive Bell Labs presidents, as well as other top executives, including the chairman of Lucent. At least 10 of his speeches were selected for publication in the prestigious national journal Vital Speeches of the Day.
He also had been responsible for all of Bell Labs’ national media relations, advertising, and exhibits, as well as editing and publishing a national award-winning technology-oriented magazine.
He created the concept and text for Bell Labs’ first national advertising campaign, which ran in Forbes, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications. He was instrumental in providing the creative surround and magazine articles for the first “Experiments in Art and Technology” exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
He represented Bell Labs and AT&T at national press conferences, such as one in Washington, DC, in which Ralph Nader attacked AT&T (and Bell Labs) for fire-prevention technology in connection with the major New York Telephone Second Avenue Fire in the 1970s.
He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate in physics and math from Vanderbilt University, and received a master’s degree and completed PhD requirements up to his dissertation in English from the University of Virginia, as the winner of National Woodrow Wilson Fellowship.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Judy; two daughters, Ellen Matteson of Westport, Conn., and Leslie Stuart of Atlanta; and five grandchildren.
Services were held March 8 with arrangements by Mount Sinai Memorial Chapels, East Brunswick. Memorial contributions may be made to mesothelioma research organizations.