Jules Lozowick

Jules Lozowick

Jules H. Lozowick of St. Petersburg, Fla., died Sept. 27, 2019. He grew up in Newark and resided in Roseland before moving to the Lake Port Square Independent Living Community in Leesburg, Fla., in 2009, and to St. Petersburg a few years ago.

Mr. Lozowick retired from Western Electric Company, now known as Alcatel-Lucent, in 1984 after 42 years of service. He engineered the first telephone private exchange switchboard that could be used on an office desk; the communication system installed in the ocean liner the SS United States, which was then the largest ocean liner in the world; and a communications system for the White House and AT&T central office equipment systems for the New England states. He was promoted to management and at one time or another managed labor, employee, personnel, government, and community relations and training, personal, and building services. He was active in civil rights organizations to train and hire minorities and to arbitrate between civil rights groups and businesses to settle disputes.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in June 1942 and was discharged in 1946 as an engineering officer.

He attended Newark public schools, worked his way through college as a draftsman and tool and test set designer, and in 1943 received a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).

He was a board member and officer for the Essex County Urban League; the Business and Industry Coordinating Council (BICC); the Young Men’s and Women’s Christian Association of Newark; the Newark Community School of the Arts; and the Telephone Pioneers of America, for which he was president of the Newark Community Chapter and a member of the national board, when he led the New York City-New Jersey area with 65,000 members. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America, Explorers Division, from which he received the Explorers District Award of Merit; the Private Initiative Council for the City of Newark; New Jersey Council on Economic Education; Manpower Committee of the City of Newark; Community Affairs Group of Newark; Grant Makers of New Jersey; New Jersey College Business Council; Employer Legislative Committee of Essex County; Council of the Newark Museum; Metro Newark Chamber of Commerce; and the Advisory Committee for the Newark Board of Education.

He wrote a survey to improve public education for Western Electric in 1970, which was used across the country. He prepared a survey of jobs and unemployment in the Newark area for the Metro Chamber of Commerce in 1973. In 1974, he was the chairperson of Newark’s United Nations Day celebration. In 1975, he led a committee that prepared a critique of the Civil Rights Organization of the State of New Jersey for the Attorney General of New Jersey.

After retiring, he maintained membership in some of the above agencies. He also was elected to the boards of the Alumni Association of NJIT, where he was a past president and in 1993 received the Alumnus Award of the Year; BMI, the Board Member Institute; the Senior Service Corps, Inc.; Retired Senior Service Program; and Rainbow for All God’s Children. He was active with the Telephone Pioneers of America in their shop, where they made items for the handicapped and non-profit agencies, and with Medicare as a SHIP/Shine volunteer, where he helped enrollees resolve Medicare problems.

He and his wife were members of the Livingston Music Group for over 50 years, where he was treasurer. They were members of B’nai B’rith, Jewish Historical Society of MetroWest NJ, Anti-Defamation League, and other civil rights organizations. Active in several Lake Port Square Live Well programs, he was active in their Alzheimer’s/Dementia Group and was moderator of their Discussion Group.

Predeceased by his wife, Natalie Victoria (Vicki) Reich, in 2010, he is survived by a brother-in-law, Howard Reich of St. Petersburg, and 11 nephews and nieces.

Memorial services are being planned.

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