Jewish Memorial Chapel
841 Allwood Rd
Clifton, NJ 07012
(973) 779-3048
More Obituaries for Ivan Kaminow
Looking for an obituary for a different person with this name?

Ivan Paul Kaminow

Obituary Condolences

Ivan Paul Kaminow

Formerly of Tinton Falls and Holmdel

Ivan Paul Kaminow died December 18, 2013 in San Francisco, CA after a prolonged illness.

Services will be held at the JEWISH MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 841 ALLWOOD ROAD, Clifton, NJ 07012, (973)779-3048, Monday, December 23, 2013 at 1 PM. Shiva information available from the chapel upon request.

Known as a photonics luminary, Ivan Kaminow's pioneering contributions advanced the field of optical fiber communications for nearly five decades. He was the recipient of many awards in his field, including the IEEE's prestigious Edison Medal in 2013. Born in Union City and raised in Passaic, NJ, Ivan Kaminow attended Union College, got a master's degree at UCLA and received a PHD from Harvard University. He worked for over forty years at Bell Labs in Holmdel, N.J. until his retirement in 1996. During that time he lived in Tinton Falls and Holmdel. Most recently he was an adjunct professor with the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of California, Berkeley and lived in San Francisco. To his family and friends, his accomplishments always took a back seat to his love for them, for learning, for adventure and for living life to the fullest.

Survived by his wife of 61 years, Florence Fischer Kaminow, now of San Francisco, CA; brother, Alan Kaminow of White Meadow Lake, NJ; children and grandchildren, Paula Kaminow of Brookline, MA and her sons, Rafael and Gabriel Toledo; Lenard Kaminow (wife Maria Mazorra) and children Sarah, Nicolas and Maura; Ellen DiMatteo (husband James) and children Joseph and Sophia DiMatteo.

In lieu of flowers friends are invited to make a memorial donation to an OSA Foundation fund or endowment in honor of Ivan P. Kaminow, please visit or Union College, please visit

Published in Asbury Park Press on Dec. 22, 2013
Read More
More Information