Alan Reinberg, a physicist who specialized in plasma processing, passed away March 21, 2016, in Dallas, Texas. A shiva service took place March 29 at the home of Debbie Reinberg and Paul Simon in Denver.
Mr. Reinberg, the son of a Latvian immigrant father, was born in 1931 in New York City.
He married Linda Blumenthal in 1954. The couple moved to El Paso, Texas, and later to Chicago.
Mr. Reinberg, who attended graduate school on the GI bill, earned two masters degrees and a PhD from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
He worked for Texas Instruments in Dallas and developed patents primarily related to plasma processing. One of his most significant patents, issued in 1974, was the Reinberg Reactor.
In 1979, Mr. Reinberg moved his family to Westport, Conn., where he worked at Perkin-Elmer and developed more patents.
He earned an executive MBA in 1993 from the University of Connecticut in Stamford.
In the mid-1990s, Mr. Reinberg and his wife lived in Boise, Idaho, where he worked for Micron Technology. After returning to Connecticut, he managed a team that developed patents for the company.
When Linda was diagnosed with Alzheimers, he lovingly cared for her until her death in 2006. By that time, he had returned to Dallas to be near his daughter Julie.
Mr. Reinberg enjoyed classical music and opera, photography and chess, travel and single malt Scotch, and Standard Poodles and Airedales.
He traveled throughout the world and loved visiting his four daughters and their families.
Mr. Reinberg is survived by his daughter Debbie (Paul Simon), Susan (Barry) Giles, Julie Reinberg (Jim) Porter and Melissa (Neal Kravitz); grandchildren Leah and Sam Porter, Noah and Eliza Kravitz, and Oliver Giles; and step-grandchildren Jeremy Simon, Stephanie Simon, Joanna Giles Millin and Melanie Giles Etherton.
Contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Assn., PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090; Shwayder Camp, c/o Temple Emanuel; or Bnai Havurah.
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