1924 - 2018
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deeply loved by his family and friends, passed away Saturday, July 7th, at 94. Predeceased by his beloved wife, Sylvia, he leaves behind his son, Mark (Nina), his daughter, Nan (Sankar), grandchildren, Ethan, Julia, Sam, Henry, Alice and Sandy, sister, Dena, sister-in-law, Dorothy, extaordinary caregivers Rita and Wayne, many nieces and nephews, and a large extended family, all of whom are deeply saddened by his passing. A veteran of World War II, and a recipient of the Bronze Star, Mel earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois through the G.I. Bill, and was committed throughout his life to the study of rare earths, his research in which resulted in many highly significant and life saving advances in diagnostic radiology, and in numerous patents. Intellectually rigorous, sartorially splendid nearly to the end in bow ties, French cuffs, and Lilly Pulitzer trousers, an avid traveler, reader, cinephile and gourmand, he was above all an extraordinarily ethical, scrupulously honest, fiercely loyal, loving and kind man. There is a void in the world where the vibrancy, gentleness, and gracious love of Melvin Tecotzky once were. A service will be held on Monday, July 9, 2018 at 11:30 at Riverside Memorial Chapel, 180 West 76th Street, New York, NY.

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July 11, 2018
Mel will be sorely missed by his longtime friend, my dad Bill McAllister. The two of them had a deep bond over chemistry, Belgium, and a love of family and laughter. We as a family often hear stories of epic meals shared with Mel, Sylvia, and our mom Alma. Thank you all for sharing your dad with us! We wish you all strength in this moment of sadness.
Amy McAllister Farges
July 11, 2018
Such a wonderful man with such a loving heart!
toni Bowman
July 9, 2018
Sincere condolences are extended to the devoted loving family oif Melvin Tecotzky as they mourn the death of their beloved one Melvin. May God loyal love gives you comfort and peace in this time of sadness. Psalms 119:76
July 9, 2018
May the wonderful memories of your Dear One forever shine brightly in your heart & May the precious memories shared continue to sustain you. Psalms 116:15
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