Al died at his home in Brightwaters, N.Y., Oct. 11, 1997. A consulting metallurgist and petroleum geologist, he earned his doctorate in engineering at Yale in 1942, then immediately reported to the Navy as a research metallurgist at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, where he worked on the development of the landing hook for carrier-based aircraft. In 1946 he became head metallurgist for Reynolds Metals, participating in the development of aluminum as a substitute for steel in the canning of foods and beverages. However, when Reynolds moved from Long Island to Richmond in 1939, Al chose to remain behind, close to the sea and the fishing and sailing he loved. At that time he launched a new career as an independent consulting metallurgist and geologist, serving on the boards of many corporations including Wheelabrator-Frye, Allied Signal, Cleveland Cliffs Iron Mines, American Export, and Isbrandtsen Co., Inc.
Al devoted much time and energy to his community. He served the village of Brightwaters as harbor master and was a trustee of the Long Island chapter of Nature Conservancy and a longtime trustee of the Long Island Maritime Museum.
To Niel Isbrandtsen, his wife of 53 years, their four children, and eight grandchildren, we extend our sincere sympathy.
The Class of 1939