Morris E Brodwin (1924 - 2014)

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Morris E Brodwin
1924 - 2014
updated February 06, 2019
Morris E Brodwin, father to 2 children, was born on July 14, 1924 in New York, New York. He was born to Sarah (Resnick) Brodwin and Harry Brodwin, with siblings Beatrice and Frances. He married Esther Brodwin, and they gave birth to David Brodwin and Paul Brodwin. Morris also married Carol Sonnenschein. Morris's partner was Esther Yochim. He died on November 4, 2014 in Evanston, Illinois at 90 years old.


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Morris E Brodwin

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Morris Brodwin was born on in New York, Bronx County, New York United States


Morris Brodwin died on in Evanston, Cook County, Illinois United States

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at Shalom Memorial Park, 1700 W Rand Rd, in Arlington Heights, Illinois United States 60004


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White, Citizen

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Evanston, Cook County, Illinois United States


Ph.D. Johns Hopkins
BSEE University of Nebraska


Professor of electrical engineering, Northwestern University, 1958-1994

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Tau Beta Pi

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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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Morris E Brodwin Family Tree

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Sarah (Resnick) Brodwin
Aug 4, 1891 - July 1974
New York, NY
Harry Brodwin
Jul 4, 1892 - April 1967
new york, ny, us


Frances Brodwin
around 1922 - May 10, 1933

Morris E Brodwin & Esther Brodwin

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Morris E Brodwin & Carol Sonnenschein

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Morris E Brodwin & Esther Yochim

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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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1924 - 2014 World Events

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In 1924, in the year that Morris E Brodwin was born, on January 21st, Vladimir Lenin, a leader of the Russian Revolution and the first leader of the Soviet Union died. He had survived two assassination attempts but had subsequent physical problems, suffering 3 strokes. He was in such great pain, it is said that he asked Stalin to poison him. The circumstances of his death are still disputed. He did oppose Stalin as the next leader - nonetheless, Stalin won a power struggle and ruled as a Soviet dictator until his death in 1953.

In 1944, when he was 20 years old, on June 6th, the largest amphibious invasion in history was launched - the Normandy landing (called D-Day). Soldiers from the United States, Britain, Canada, and the Free French landed on Normandy Beach and were later joined by Poland, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Greece, and the Netherlands. Almost 5,000 landing and assault craft, 289 escort vessels, and 277 minesweepers were involved. Nearly 160,000 troops crossed the English Channel on D-Day - Allied casualties on the first day were at least 10,000. 4,414 were confirmed dead.

In 1959, at the age of 35 years old, Morris was alive when on January 3rd, Alaska became the 49th state of the United States and the first state not a part of the contiguous United States. The flag was changed to display 49 stars.

In 1977, when he was 53 years old, on January 21st, President Carter pardoned "draft dodgers" - men who avoided the draft during the Vietnam War. He fulfilled a campaign promise with the pardon. But it only applied to civilian evaders - the estimated 500,000 to 1 million active-duty personnel who went AWOL were not included.

In 1981, at the age of 57 years old, Morris was alive when on January 20th, Ronald Reagan became the 40th President of the United States. He ran against the incumbent, Jimmy Carter, and won 50.7% of the popular vote to Carter's 41.0%.

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