Jay C. Rothman, 97, Skilled in Mechanics and Photography


Jay Carl Rothman, 97, who worked for PECO for more than 35 years, died May 12. He was a resident of the Martins Run Retirement Community in Media.

Trained as a watchmaker, Rothman developed many mechanical skills. He took these skills to the Pacific Theater in World War II, repairing airplanes while in the Army Air Corps. After the war he joined PECO, where he worked on devices used in a wide variety of applications from hydroelectric dams to timing and metering.

Active in the Jewish community, Rothman was president of the Reform Congregation Beth Torah boulevard location and enjoyed being part of the choir. He also was in leadership at Society Hill Synagogue. He was an active fundraiser for and donor to United Way and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

Rothman loved the arts, especially photography and music. In middle age, he enrolled in the then Philadelphia College of Art and studied photography. He became an award-winning photographer at local art centers, was elected president of the Cheltenham Camera Club and developed the annual Abington Art Center Juried Photography Exhibition.

He was also an active volunteer and president of the Resident's Board at Martins Run.

He is survived by sons Ron Rothman and Dr. Mitchell Rothman; and two grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, the former Rosalind Miller.

Memorial donations can be made to: the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, 2100 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19103.


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