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Bernard N. Slade

LAGRANGE - Bernard N. Slade, 89, a resident of the Town of La Grange, died on July 6, 2013 after battling a short term illness. He is the son of the late William and Katherine Slotsky and was born in Sioux City, Iowa on December 21, 1923.After graduating from Central High School in Sioux City in 1941, he attended the University of Minnesota until 1943 when he joined the United States Army during World War II. He became a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery. After his discharge from the Army in 1946, he attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison where he received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in June of 1948. He later attended Stevens Institute of Technology where he earned a Master of Science degree. Mr. Slade was a pioneer in transistor and semiconductor technology. He spent eight years in research and advance development at the Radio Corporation of America where he invented the industry's first transistors used in television and FM radio as well as the first transistors used in high performance audio amplification. He then spent 28 years at the IBM Corporation where he served as Manager of Component Product Operations at the IBM plant in Fishkill, NY and Director of Manufacturing Technology in Armonk. After his retirement from IBM in 1984, he was engaged in management consulting for 16 years as well as a founder and board member of several companies in the field of semiconductors. Mr. Slade holds several patents and has published widely in the field of transistor technology. He has published two books, Compressing the Product Development Cycle, and Winning the Productivity Race, the latter which he co-authored with Raj Mohindra. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Margot Slade and two sons, Steven of Milan, Italy, and Eric of Corona del Mar, California, his daughter-in-law, Joy, and his grandson, Michael. His also survived by his adopted Vietnamese family, Kathy and Bau Tran, their children, Kim Ngan, Ha, and Hieu and great granddaughter, Angela of Kent, Washington, and numerous cousins, nephews, and nieces. There will be no calling hours or services. Memorial donations can be made to The Hudson Valley Philharmonic and Dutchess Outreach. Arrangements are under the direction of the William G. Miller & Son Funeral Home, Inc., 371 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. If you would like to send an online condolence, please visit us at


Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from July 10 to July 11, 2013
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