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Henry M. Bach Jr. ’37

Published in Oct. 28, 1992, issue

RADIO AND TELEVISION engineer and electronics inventor Pete Bach died Aug. 7, 1992, of a sudden heart attack. He left his wife of 52 years, Irene; two daughters, Alice and Anne; young Peter '68; three grandchildren, a brother Berlind; and stepbrothers Bruce '47, Roger '52, and Alan '56. His brother Bob '39 predeceased him.

Pete prepared at Lawrenceville, where he was active in dramatics. At Princeton he majored in physics, He was on the University chess team junior and senior years. From 1938 to 1947, Pete was chief engineer for Premium Crystal Labs in New York, During the war his company had large Army and Navy contracts, manufacturing radio quartz crystals three shifts a day. He served as adviser to the War Production Board, the Signal Corps, and the Navy. As he said in 1943 "Keeping busy!"

In 1947 he went to R.C.A. Labs in New York in research and development in FM and TV. He was technical adviser to its patent litigation department and served as patent expert in many patent lawsuits with RCA Labs in Princeton, where he built a home. He developed and ran the company's computerized patent and scientific data retrieval system from the 1960s until his retirement, in 1975, to West Palm Beach. He was an outstanding inventor, with more than 40 patents in the electronics field, some widely used in AM, FM and TV.

The Class sends its deepest condolences to the family.

The Class of 1937

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