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Nov. 7, 2012
Sam Loshaek, age 88, of Longboat Key, formerly of Chicago, earned his PhD at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He was a brilliant inventor with a remarkable ability to focus on the essential and important and to analyze all possible outcomes then choose the best one. The holder of some 40 patents, he also possessed excellent managerial ability; he led Research and Development teams at Borden Chemical and Wesley-Jessen where he invented an unsurpassed soft colored contact lens that changed eye color and catapulted the company to a major position in the industry. A lifelong avid tennis player, he was once described as "a famous tennis player masquerading as the Vice-President of Research and Development." He had a wonderfully clever dry wit, and we will all miss the frequent beautiful sunny smile that lit up his whole face when he said or heard something funny. He loved music - jazz and blues, later country, and near the end his favorite was the Motown oldies. Sam was admired for his kindness, generosity and integrity, and for his hard-working determination and laser-like focus. His survivors all miss his caring presence, his wisdom, and his loving advice: his wife of 32 years, Risé, his four daughters Laurie Loshaek (George) of Denver, Barbara Loshaek of Brookfield IL, Paula Listzwan (Stanley) of Tucson, and Sally Jania (Ron) of Cary, IL. Also his grandchildren Jaime Listzwan Vinal, David Lisztwan, Stephanie Listzwan, Steven Zaabel, and Adam Zaabel, and his great-granddaughter Zarya Vinal, as well as his sister Betty Starr (Nat) of Palo Alto, four sisters-in-law Beverly Mann of Sarasota, Marilynn Mansfield of Potomac, MD, Shirley Glasser of Cape Cod, Ruth Stotter (Larry) of Tiburon, CA, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife Joyce.
There will be a private family memorial service.
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Published in Herald Tribune from Nov. 18 to Nov. 19, 2012