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Jack Robert Harary

AGE: 86 • formerly of Long Branch

Jack Robert Harary died from complications of cancer on April 17, 2017, in Boca Raton, Florida. He was 86.

Born November 10, 1930, in Brooklyn, NY, Harary was the youngest of four children of Joseph Harary, an émigré from Syria, and Mary Laby, an émigré from Palestine. He attended Erasmus High School and graduated from Brooklyn College with a degree in electrical engineering.

Harary relocated to Asbury Park, NJ, in 1950, married Brooklyn-born Joan Sanders in 1952, and worked for the U.S. Army as an Electronics Engineer at Fort Monmouth's military base located in Belmar, NJ, for most of his career.

During his years there—1950-1986—he helped invent and design radar, long-range, aircraft-based camera systems, and the earliest forms of airborne drones for spying on U.S. enemies located around the globe. He regularly reported to generals at the Pentagon, and wrote reports that were read by Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford.

"I helped the United States win the Cold War," he would often tell his family.

Moving his family to Ocean Township, NJ, in 1963, Harary continued his education during the 1960s by earning a Masters Degree in Engineering from Rutgers University.

Harary divorced in 1977, and moved to Long Branch, NJ. He married his second wife, Jeanne Schletter, in 1981.

From 1986-1996, Harary worked as a Consulting Engineer, first for five years for Ventronix, and then for the next five years for Georgia Tech University. He retired in 1996.

A renowned area musician, Harary played trombone with numerous big bands and orchestras throughout the New Jersey shore during the 1960s, '70s and '80s, perhaps most notably with the Harry Hurley Big Band.

In 1998, Harary relocated to Boca Raton, Florida. There, he sang in a barbershop quartet, and volunteered for many years at the Boca Raton Exploratorium - an interactive museum that introduces young children to the wonders of science. He remained in Boca Raton until his death.

Harary is survived by his wife, Jeanne; his brother Raymond of Ann Arbor, Michigan; his three sons in California - Dan, an Entertainment Industry Publicist in Beverly Hills, CA; Bob, a Public Works Engineer for the City of Monterey, CA, and Mike, a Human Resources Executive for the City of Westminster, CA; a daughter-in-law, Cindy; six grandchildren, one great-grandson, and numerous nieces and nephews living around the world.

A memorial service will be privately held in May in La Jolla, CA.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Apr. 23, 2017
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