Simon Saretzky

"The Father of Small Motors," Simon Saretzky, 99, a resident of Sands Point for more than 50 years, concluded an eventful life on Dec. 30, 2007. Born in Russia, Simon watched the tsar's carriage go by from his family's apartment near Red Square and later watched the Russian Revolution from the same balcony. Surviving a famine in Moscow and a pogrom in Kozlov after the Revolution, Simon was a graduate engineering student at the Technika Hochschule in Darmstadt, Germany, when the Nazis took power. Barely escaping arrest, thanks to a friendly tip from his landlady, he made his way to Latvia, where he married, then to Palestine for several years, and finally to the United States in 1939.

During World War II, Mr. Saretzky made his reputation at Holtzer Cabot, a defense contractor in Boston, when he designed a small blower that would run at high altitudes for the B-29's bombsight. In 1951, with his partner Jan Wohryzek, he founded and became president of Induction Motors Company (later IMC Magnetics Corporation of Westbury, Long Island), which has produced millions of small fans (including the ubiquitous Boxer) and other electrical motors used in aviation, defense, office equipment, consumer electronics, and other purposes, including the drive for the first hi-fidelity tape recorder by Ampex. IMC's air movers cooled defense and commercial aircraft guidance systems, copying machines, hi-fis, and Apple computers. Custom blowers were made for the U-2 spy plane camera, urinals for female astronauts, horns for nuclear submarines, and other unusual applications. Additional products included stepping motors that power computer peripherals and printers. In 1963, based on his patented air bearing, Mr. Saretzky announced in The New York Times, "We have conquered friction," and began producing fans that could run indefinitely, for missile controls and other applications that required maximum reliability. Universally respected for his honesty, reliability and unpretentiousness, he retired as IMC president in December 1978. Despite his professional success, Mr. Saretzky considered family to be the most important aspect of life. He also loved sports and was an active golfer and bowler into his 90s.

Son of Kiva and Dvosia Zaretsky and predeceased by his first wife, Anya, in 1967, and daughter, Jael Sabina Sobel, in 1998, Simon Saretzky is lovingly remembered by his wife, Lisa; his son and daughter-in-law Gary D. and Kathlinda Saretzky; grandchildren Alexander, Nicholas, and Anya Saretzky, Dr. Jeremy Sobel, and Daniel Sobel; nephews and nieces Alexander Zaretski, Lena Zoubkova, and Gregory Zoubkov; by Lisa's children, Susan Richardson, Leonard Cappe, and Pamela Silverstein; and by extended family and friends. Interment was in Beth-Moses Cemetery, Farmingdale.

Loretta VanHolt, of Port Washington, died on Feb. 3, 2008 at the age of 93. Wife of the late Walter F. VonHolt. Mother of Walter F. VonHolt, Jr. and mother-in-law of Patricia VonHolt. Grandmother of Walter F. VonHolt, III. Arrangements were made by the Whitting Funeral Home, Glen Head. Funeral service at the funeral home. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery, Port Washington. Logo
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