DANIEL SAVITSKY
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SAVITSKY--Dr. Daniel. 98, of River Vale, NJ. After a career spanning over 70 years, Dr. Savitsky passed away peacefully on March 23, 2020. Dr. Savitsky was born in New York City on September 26, 1921. He attended Stuyvesant High School, and the City University of New York (CUNY) where he earned his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering. He served in the Army from 1944-1947 as an aeronautical research scientist, and later earned his Master of Science degree in Fluid Mechanics/Naval Architecture from Stevens Institute of Technology. Dr. Savitsky earned his PhD from New York University in Oceanography. His professional contributions to the fields of naval architecture and marine engineering are vast. Dr. Savitsky retired as Professor Emeritus from Stevens Institute of Technology, where he taught graduate classes in marine engineering while also directing research on high speed marine craft in the Davidson Laboratory. It was there that he devised a mathematical model that became the Savitsky Method still widely used across the world. At 94, Dr. Savitsky delivered a follow- up paper to his seminal work from 1964, and at 95 published his last professional paper. The most important thing in his life was his family, and he couldn't do enough for them. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary, his sister Emily, as well as his three children, two sons-in-law, and his granddaughter.


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Published in New York Times on Mar. 29, 2020.
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August 23, 2020
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Angela Palermo
April 27, 2020
I first encountered his work in 1972 while taking engineering courses at a small community college in Port Angeles WA. I was in the city library and there was his book on deigning planing hulls with all of his formulas. I bought a copy, and still have it. In 1986 (or 7) I was sitting in my office at CG HQ Office of Boating Safety when a man walked in and asked to speak to my colleague Peter Ball, who was a naval architect of some renown. Peter wasn't there at the moment. The man introduced himself. It was Dan Savitsky. Frankly, probably for the first time in my life, I was speechless. How do you react when you meet someone who is considered an icon in his field? I finally managed to blurt out something and we had a nice chat until Peter Ball came back. Since then I have had many conversations with Dr. Savitsky and attended some of his presentations. He was a remarkable person. It was a privilege to have known him. Fair winds and following seas Dr. May God bless you and your family.
Peter Eikenberry LT USCG (RET)
April 7, 2020
Thanks to Dr. Savitsky and his family for all of his efforts in the advancement of marine vessels. The Naval Architecture community will miss him dearly and his candor on all subjects.
George Lewis
April 2, 2020
I offer my condolences to Anne and her family. The L.G. Nourse Elementary School is sending love your way.
Catherine Luke
March 30, 2020
He was a great man by all standards, very humble,passionate,caring,down to earth. I learnt alot from this great and he will forever be in my heart. Rest well till we meet again.
Evans Gapson
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March 30, 2020
Mary & Family,

Just read of Dan's passing. Our condolences to you and your family.

Caroline & Jim Connolly
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