May 13, 1930 - May 24, 2014 Jim passed away peacefully, he was 84 years old. Jim was born in New York and attended Brooklyn Technical High School. Jim went to UCLA and one Friday night of his sophomore year he attended a fraternity/sorority exchange at USC where he met a wonderful girl, Zelda Saul. Jim and Zelda were married during their senior year. Soon Jim began a forty-year career at Northrop Corporation, which he looked back upon with a sense of accomplishment and pride. After working his way up the engineering ladder, Jim entered management as a supervisor, then became a director and finally was promoted to Vice President. Jim continued his education earning a master's degree in mechanical engineering from USC. Later, he graduated from USC's Executive Business Program and MIT's Sloan School of Management. Northrop was awarded the contract to design and build a guidance system for the MX Missile, which was overseen by Jim. He was later involved in a highly secret project which turned out to be the navigation system for the B-2 Bomber. The week he retired, he was flown to Edwards Air Force Base and given the opportunity to sit in the cockpit of the first B-2, an awe inspiring experience. Since retiring, Jim's many hobbies included golf, photography, bridge, classical music and oil painting. He loved the Dodgers and held season tickets since the team arrived in LA. He had a passion for travel and with Zelda took numerous trips seeing most of the world. He served as president of Temple Beth Hillel, helped create a neighborhood watch and worked on the Encino reservoir project. Jim was preceded in death by his loving wife and mother of his children, Zelda. He is survived by his daughter Claudia (Brian) McCauley, his son Randy (Meredith) and three grandchildren Alexandra, Drew and Avery and sister, Valerie Sobel. For the past four years he had a joyful relationship with his wonderful companion, Sybil Bergman. Funeral Service will be held at Eden Memorial Park, Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 1:00pm. 11500 Sepulveda Blvd., Mission Hills, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Junior Blind or Valley Jesters. c/o BPEH 21300 Victory Blvd., Suite 520 Woodland Hills, CA 91367
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on May 27, 2014