Morris E Brodwin (1924 - 2014)



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in New York, Bronx County, New York United States


on in Evanston, Cook County, Illinois United States
Cause of death: urosepsis

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at Shalom Memorial Park, 1700 W Rand Rd, in Arlington Heights, Illinois United States


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Evanston, Cook County, Illinois United States

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Mother: Sarah (Resnick) Brodwin
Father: Harry Brodwin
Siblings: Beatrice Meyerson and Frances Brodwin

Spouse: Esther Brodwin
Children with Esther: David Brodwin and Paul Brodwin

Spouse: Carol Sonnenschein

Partner: Esther Yochim


Ph.D. Johns Hopkins
BSEE University of Nebraska


Professor of electrical engineering, Northwestern University, 1958-1994


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Military serial#: 32813509
Enlisted: February 22, 1943 in New York City New York
Military branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, Usa
Rank: Private, Selectees (enlisted Men)
Served most of the war designing radar equipment.

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1924 - In the year that Morris E Brodwin was born, Macy's department store in New York held its first "Thanksgiving parade" on November 27th at 9a - during church services but leaving plenty of time to attend the big football game between Syracuse and Columbia universities. The parade was held as a way to promote the opening of the “World’s Largest Store” and its 1 million square feet of retail space in Manhattan’s Herald Square. The parade was 6 miles long and included floats, Macy's employees dressed as clowns, cowboys, and sword-wielding knights, and animals from Central Park Zoo. Santa Claus, of course, brought up the rear - opening the Christmas shopping season for Macy's.

1936 - He was just 12 years old when on November 2nd, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) debuted the world's first regular high-definition television service. The channel had a short schedule - Monday through Saturday, 3:00p to 4:00p and 9:00p to 10:00p. The first broadcast was "Opening of the BBC Television Service".

1942 - By the time he was 18 years old, on June 17th, Roosevelt approved the Manhattan Project, which lead to the development of the first atomic bomb. With the support of Canada and the United Kingdom, the Project came to employ more than 130,000 people and cost nearly $2 billion. Julius Robert Oppenheimer, a nuclear physicist born in New York, led the Los Alamos Laboratory that developed the actual bomb. The first artificial nuclear explosion took place near Alamogordo New Mexico on July 16, 1945.

1962 - Morris was 38 years old when lasting from October 16th - 28th, the Cuban Missile Crisis was the closest that the United States and the Soviet Union came to nuclear war. The Soviet Union had been installing a nuclear missile base in Cuba. The United States established a blockade to stop the base from being completed. Through secret negotiations, war was averted: the Soviet Union agreed to dismantle their weapons in Cuba and the United States agreed to never invade Cuba and to dismantle weapons in Turkey and Italy.

1995 - He was 71 years old when on May 19th, the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil - before 9/11 - took place in Oklahoma City. A truck bomb went off outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown - killing 68 people, injuring more than 680 others, and destroying one-third of the building. The most disturbing images were of children - a daycare center was hit by the bomb. The deadliest incident of domestic terrorism ever, Timothy McVeigh, Terry Nichols, and Michael Fortier were convicted of the bombing.

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Morris Brodwin, Ph.D., age 90, passed away peacefully on November 4, 2014 in Evanston.

Born in New York in 1924 to Harry and Sarah Brodwin, Morris showed great academic promise at an early age. In World War II, the Army deployed him to help develop radar technology. After earning a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Johns Hopkins, he joined the faculty of Northwestern University. Over his long and distinguished career there as a microwave expert, he received numerous awards and honors for both research and teaching.

Morris survived his beloved first wife, Esther (nee Hashkowitz) who died tragically in 1969, his long-time companion Esther Yochim, and his younger sister Frances who died in childhood. He is survived by his older sister, Beatrice (the late Hyman) Meyerson of New York; his former wife, Carol Sonnenschein of Chicago; his sons, Paul Brodwin (Huong Dangvu) of Milwaukee and David Brodwin (Debra Niemann) of San Francisco, and his granddaughter, Rachel Brodwin of New Haven.

Morris pursued his many hobbies with gusto. He played guitar well; with his first wife he sang a repertoire from Woody Guthrie to Joni Mitchell. He skippered his home-built sailboat at Lake Delavan and Skokie Lagoon. He created electronic gear for the home, and never replaced devices he could repair. He grew vegetables in his garden and his flowering plants brightened the house in winter. He devoured mysteries from Skokie Public Library. A passionate cook, he built an impressive collection of Julia Childs videos, and his kitchen held diverse and obscure cooking implements. An amateur wine maker and brewer, he had zinfandel grapes trucked in from California to ferment.

Perhaps Morris' greatest contribution was to help young people develop their intellectual skills. He inspired his sons to academic and professional excellence. He was loved and respected by his students at Northwestern, many of whom went on to distinguished academic careers of their own.


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