Dr. Jay Jerome Brandinger died on October 25, 2017 after a short illness at University Medical Center of Princeton, NJ surrounded by family. He was born on January 2, 1927 in the Bronx, NY and most recently lived in Pennington, NJ. In June 1945 he joined the U.S. Army, went to school at the Virginia Military Institute and attended several universities including Hunter College. After World War II he attended Hunter College in New York City where he met his future wife Alice, whom he married on December 25, 1949. He graduated from Cooper Union with a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering, was hired by the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) in 1949 and stayed with the company for 42 years until he reached the level of Vice President. During his tenure at the David Sarnoff Research Center in Princeton, NJ he invented and was awarded a patent for the world’s smallest color television camera, he subsequently was Director of RCA’s worldwide television manufacturing and VideoDisc plants in Indianapolis, IN. Dr. Jay Brandinger completed his PhD at Rutgers University and taught several classes at Rider College. After retirement from RCA in 1991 Dr. Jay Brandinger was appointed Executive Director of the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology a post he led during Democratic and Republican administrations until 1995. He was also active as a member of the National Institute for Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership Board. Among his varied interests included; involvement in the Boy Scouts of America with roles as Scoutmaster and District Commissioner, and in amateur radio. He was; recognized as New Jersey Engineer of the Year (1997), nominated to the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society, a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and member of the Society for Information Display. Upon retirement he joined the Princeton Photography Club, published 6 books on various themes, his photographic work was displayed and received numerous awards. He was a member of the Yapewi Yacht Club, and joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary reaching the level of Regional Flotilla Commander. He and his wife regularly attended Chair Yoga and Healthy Bones classes in Pennington, NJ. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Alice Brandinger, children; Paul, Donna Lee Mark, and Norman, 5 grandchildren, 2 great-grand children, and sister Alice Taylor. The family requests that contributions in the name of Dr. Jay Brandinger be provided to Jewish National Health.
Published in The Trentonian from Nov. 17 to Nov. 18, 2017.