Harry Strickholm, 85, of Demarest, died March 5. Beloved husband of Jean (Cason) for 56 years; proud son of Daniel and Rosalina (Johanson), Estonian emigrants; devoted father of Karen; Sally and husband Abbas Tayeb; Douglas (deceased); Glenn and wife Kellie (Martin); and |dedicated grandfather of Keivan, Kimberly, Karl, Dylan, Zachary and Ashley; and, close brother of Dr. Alfred Strickholm (Indiana University) and deceased brothers of George, Victor and Oscar.
Born March 24, 1927 in |the South Bronx, Harry lived his early life through the Great Depression. An excellent student, he graduated from Brooklyn Technical H.S. (1945). He served in the U.S. Navy as an Electrical Technician during World War II. Harry's lifelong love of learning brought him to earn multiple degrees and certifications: Professional Engineer (NY State License), Senior Member and Life Member (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers - IEEE), B.S. in Physics (The Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn), M.A. in Psychology (New School of Social Research), and M.B.A. in Marketing (New York University). He served on the national board and finance committee of the American Ethical Union, and was an active member for over 50 years of the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County. He was an active volunteer for the All |Seasons Chamber Players, and a lifetime member of the National Speleological Society. His employment history included: IEEE (Manager of Operations Support and TAD Products), Telesession (Manager Statistical Analysis), Berkey Photo (Product Engineer), Wendell C. Walker and Associates (Senior Consultant - International), Quantum Science (Sr. Market Researcher), McGraw Hill (Microform Specialist), and Litton Industries / New York Times |Facsimile Division (Product Designer, Design Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Draftsman, and Machinist). Harry was an inventor at heart and held patents |in fiber optics, servo system, facsimile printer, and printing plate technologies. His other lifetime interests ranged broadly: the natural world, ecology, hiking, spelunking, rock climbing, nutrition, carcinoma research, aging, parapsychology, statistics, and other topics. He enjoyed making things and mentoring his |children's and grandchildren's projects. He would tackle projects with a true engineer's knack: define all variables, draw up schematics and make calculations before hammering in even a |picture nail.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County on April 6 at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in memory to the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County at 687 Larch Ave., Teaneck, NJ 07666 (201-836-5187); or to the American Ethical Union at 2 West 64th St., NY, NY 10023 (212-873-6500).
Published in Teaneck Suburbanite on Mar. 27, 2013