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Industry Icon Lester Rosenblatt Leaves an Indelible Mark
On June 15, 2003. Lester Rosenblatt passed away at the age of 83. MR/EN remembers this industry icon, who through his ambition and wealth of industry knowledge founded what would become one of the world's most successful naval architecture and marine engineering firms.
Lester Rosenblatt, (along with his father. Mandell) founded M. Rosenblatt & Son, Inc. in 1947. where he served as
Chairman, CEO and Naval Architect.
Through his unending drive, the compa- ny grew to be one of the world's largest private engineering firms specializing in naval architecture and marine engineer- ing. Providing management and leader- ship to his company in the design and development of all types of naval and commercial ships. Rosenblatt's expertise extended from aircraft carriers and sub- marines to tankers, tugs and high per- formance craft. Many of the world's most innovative designs, which includ- ed the Spruance Class Destroyers, L.Y.
Spear Class Submarine Tenders, Shimrit
Class Hydrofoils, T-A0187 Class Fleet
Oilers, and T-AGS 39 Class
Oceanographic Survey Ships, can be attributed to the company he founded.
Through its nationwide network of offices M. Rosenblatt & Son. Inc. com- pleted successfully more than 27.000 assignments on such tasks as manage- ment and technical aspects of ship design, complete ship designs, including engineering analyses, conceptual, pre- liminary, contract and detail designs, and installation and support services.
Before founding the company that bears his name, Mr. Rosenblatt earned undergraduate degrees from the
University of Michigan and the City
College of New York (CCNY), as well as an honorary doctorate degree from the Webb Institute in Glen Cove, L.I.
Mr. Rosenblatt was not only an inno- vator in his industry, but a leader as well, serving for two years as President of the
Society of Naval Architects and Marine
Engineers (SNAME) — a position that is currently held by his son, Bruce. He was a Fellow and Honorary Member of
SNAME, a member of the American
Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE); an
Honorary Trustee of Webb Institute, a member of the American Bureau of
Shipping and Bureau Veritas, and an
Honorary Member of The Marine
Society of the City of New York. He was also an active participant on the
National Academy of Sciences'
Maritime Research Board's Committee on Innovation in the Maritime Industry.
Known for his active support of the maritime industry's professional soci- eties, Mr. Rosenblatt will also be remembered for his lively discussions and comments on technical presenta- tions at section meetings, symposiums, and other colloquia. He was an ardent and strong advocate of the generation and dissemination of state-of-the-art technical information, as evidenced by his support of hundreds of employee written papers on the subject of naval architecture and marine engineering.
Through his personal efforts, M.
Rosenblatt & Son, Inc. became a signif- icant part of the U.S. naval and merchant ship design capability. With the firm belief that a strong navy, coast guard and merchant marine are vital to the well being of this nation. Lester Rosenblatt dedicated his more than 59-year career to excellence, integrity, technical profi- ciency, and innovation in ship design.
Mr. Rosenblatt's many accomplish- ments in ship design and marine engi- neering never went unnoticed. He was honored in 1967 by his alma mater, receiving the University of Michigan's
Sesquicentennial Award. In 1984 he was awarded SNAME's Vice Admiral "Jerry" Land Medal for outstanding accomplishment in the marine field, and in 1987 he was the recipient of ASNE's
Harold E. Saunders Award for outstand- ing accomplishments in the field of naval engineering.
Mr. Rosenblatt capped off his career in 1995 when he was inducted into the
International Maritime Hall of Fame and presented with the coveted Ship's
Lookout Award for his dedication and leadership in the advancement of the marine industry. Five years later, on
April 7. 2000. M. Rosenblatt & Son.
Inc.. was acquired by the Virginia
Beach, Va.-based firm of AMSEC LLC - while still maintaining the traditions and expertise on which the company was modeled. The son of Mandell and Rosa.
Lester Rosenblatt is survived by wife
Helen: daughters, Arlene. Roberta and
Laurel; son Bruce — children of the late Lucille and Audrey: and grandchildren, Adam, Eric, Evan,
Shanna, Dylan, Adar, Noah, Melissa, and Daniel.
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Jones Named Director
Engineering Development at Port of LA
Port of Los Angeles has appointed Stacey
Jones as the Director of Engineering
Development — the first female Director of Engineering
Development in the
Jones was promoted from Chief
Harbor Engineer, a position she held for nearly four years. She began her career at the Port in 1981 as a student engineer and steadily worked her way up through the engineering ranks.
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