Nicholas Feldman

Nicholas Feldman

Nicholas (Miklos) Feldman, 87, of Somerset and Boynton Beach, Fla., died Nov. 25, 2011. A Holocaust survivor, he was born in Muncacs, Hungary.

In 1944 Mr. Feldman and his family were taken from their home and brought to Auschwitz. His mother, Malvina, was immediately sent to the gas chamber there, where his younger sister, Mathilde, and brother, Ervin, were also murdered. He and his father, Max, were liberated in January 1945. He immigrated to the United States in 1949 and lived for many years in Woodbridge.

He worked at Esso (later Exxon), where he formulated over 30 patents, most notably the Hydrokit, which is used to test for the presence of water in aviation fuel. This innovation continues to be used prior to every airline takeoff.

He earned a degree in chemistry from the University of Prague.

Predeceased by his wife of 46 years, Mae (Boris) in 2004, he is survived by his son, Alan; his daughter, Janie; three granddaughters; and his longtime companion, Jeanne Robinson.

Services were held Nov. 27 at Temple Har Shalom, Warren, with arrangements by J.L. Apter Memorial Chapels, Dover. Memorial contributions may be made to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC.

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