At the age of 10, Josh Horwitz won the first of three medals at a Franklin Institute-sponsored Delaware Valley Science Fair in Philadelphia. Four years later, he won first prize for an exhibit called “A Demonstration of Theory and Application of Transistors. He decided to become an inventor and entrepreneur. Mr. Horwitz died in Danvers, MA, on April 8, 2013 at the age of 72, of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Born (December 10, 1940) and raised in Philadelphia. Mr. Horwitz graduated first in his class from Central High School and subsequently with honors, from the University of Pennsylvania’s Moore School of Electrical Engineering in 1962. He won the A. Atwater Kent Award for the most promising student in his senior class. In 1964 he earned a Master’s Degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and worked at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory. The following year he met his mentor, Bernard M. Gordon, known as “The Father of Analog-to- Digital Conversion Technology” and joined Gordon Engineering Co. where he and Mr. Gordon received several patents. He later worked at Analogic Corporation and Pacer Systems before founding Joshua Horwitz & Associates, Aviation Simulation Technology (AST), Accelerated Systems, Inc., and JH Associates, where he and his son, Eric, a software engineer, worked together to design and patent a variety of unique products, some for large companies including General Motors and Boston Edison.
His many designs, while in college, included an early version of a cardiac pacemaker; an electric bicycle, and, his all-time favorite project: a tabletop airplane simulator on which private pilots were trained. AST was later sold to Sippican Inc. of Marion, MA, and is now known as Sim-Industries, a Lockheed Martin company.
According to his wife Sandra, “He was curious about everything around him and he saw challenges rather than problems in whatever came his way.” In his spare time he was an amateur radio enthusiast, a Sunday sailor, and an extremely cautious and meticulous pilot.
Mr. Horwitz, who lived for 40 years in Magnolia, MA, and then in Danvers, was active at Temple Ahavat Achim in Gloucester, MA. where he was a member of the Board of Directors, Chairman of the Ritual Committee, and unofficial greeter and Gabbai for most of that period. He was also a member of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the North Shore Radio Association, and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). One of his greatest pleasures for more than three decades was attending the annual EAA fly-in air show in Oshkosh, WI with his son. daughter-in-law to-be.
Josh was often regarded as a quiet man but he loved talking to people and learning about what they did, and he thrived on a good argument.” According to his wife he had many interests and pet theories on subjects from education to medicine and politics. “It wasn’t always easy to be on the other side of a debate with Josh because many of his views were unconventional; he was very logical and tenacious; and he rarely gave in.
In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Horwitz leaves his loving daughter- in-law, Beth (Butter) and two adored grandchildren, Abigail and Mathew of Peabody; his sister, Tammy Arbeter, and her husband, Allan Arbeter, of Philadelphia; five nieces and eleven great-nieces and nephews.
Services have been held. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Temple Ahavat Achim Torah Fund, 86 Middle Street, Gloucester MA 01930.