Lechtman, Max Dressler, PhD., died peacefully, at home, early Saturday morning, April 6, 2013 after a long illness. Max was born April 24th, 1935 in Providence, RI and grew up in West Warwick, RI. He earned his Eagle Scout Badge, became a Mason, and joined the U.S. Army Reserve. He attended the University of Rhode Island for his undergraduate degree and the University of Massachusetts for his Masters. Invited to come west by his uncle, Max attended UCLA for a semester before switching to USC. There he obtained his PhD in Microbiology and became an avid USC Football fan. |
Max worked in the aerospace, research, and healthcare industries. He also taught part time at Los Angeles City College before joining the growing Math-Science Department at Golden West College in Huntington Beach. There he was a well respected and innovative professor of Microbiology until his retirement. He also co authored numerous editions of Microbiology text books and lab manuals and taught briefly at UCI.
After retirement, Max continued to follow his passions of research, grant writing and creating alabaster sculptures. He also wrote and published a mystery novel entitled " A Sense of Rumor". He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Dale; children, Alex (Jenifer), Jay (Deborah) and Risa (Richard); eight wonderful grandchildren; two sisters and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The Dr. Max Lechtman Nursing Student Memorial Scholarship has been set up at Golden West College by a dear friend, for those who wish to honor Max's memory. Contact Laurie Camody GWC Foundation Office, 15744 Golden West Street, H.B., CA 92647 (714) 895-8316
Published in Orange County Register on Apr. 25, 2013