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Emanuel (Manny) Diamant Obituary
Emanuel (Manny) Diamant

Born in Giurgiu, Romania, Manny was the eldest son of a chemical engineer and his childhood sweetheart. When he was 8, the family moved to Constanta. After WWII broke out, the family was confined to the ghetto and Manny and his brother Bernie were unable to attend school. Manny taught himself Greek, Latin, German, Spanish, French, math, science, history and literature. When the war ended, he sat for entrance exams to the University in Bucharest and was offered a seat in the medical school. It was his dream to become a doctor, but it was not to be. After a year the family immigrated to Havana, Cuba to await US visas. The medical school was full, so Manny enrolled in the school of engineering. After several years, the family moved to New York. Manny earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Columbia and later, a PhD in applied mechanics from UCLA. Manny met and married his beloved Judy in New York, served in the Army and moved to Los Angeles where he enjoyed a long career in the aerospace industry. In addition to defense contract work Manny worked on the Metroliner high speed train and led the engineering team designing the second level roadway at LAX. Together with Judy, he raised three daughters, was a founding member of Congregation Ner Tamid of South Bay, and traveled all over the world. In his free time he taught mathematics and engineering. After Judy's death in 1987, Manny married Bunny Black. They enjoyed 18 happy years together. Manny continued teaching and was a docent at the Skirball museum. Manny was a brilliant, witty, kind, generous and compassionate father, friend and human being. He was gentle, humble and cared deeply for those who were suffering or in need. Friends and family alike delighted in his storytelling and the font of knowledge he brought to every conversation. His grandchildren adored him and thought he was the most entertaining companion they could ever wish for. He will be dearly missed by all who loved him. He was preceded in death by Judy, Bunny, Bernie and his daughter Randi. He is survived by Adrienne (and Dave) Weil, Melissa Diamant, grandchildren Elana, Natalie, Roxanne and Ellis, sister-in-law Alice Diamant and nephews Joel and Jonathan Diamant. Donations in Manny's memory may be made to Mazon or the City of Hope. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Nov. 4, 2012
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