Richard Lester Schwarz

June 29, 2014 

Richard Lester Schwarz

Richard Lester Schwarz passed away on June 11, 2014, at the age of 92, at the Carolina House in Chapel Hill, NC. He was born on January 3, 1922 in Newark, NJ, to Pauline and Herman Schwarz. In 1943 he married Jeanne Spear and after having three children, the family moved from Newark to Livingston, NJ in 1956, where he lived most of his adult life. Prior to moving to the Carolina House in Chapel Hill, NC, in late 2013, he and his late wife Jeanne Schwarz lived for three years at the Woodlands Retirement Community in Fairfax, VA.

After graduating from Weequahic High School in Newark, he graduated from Newark School of Engineering. Richard served in the army during World War II as an instructor at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds and was part of a team that developed an anti-aircraft weapon that preceded radar. After the war, he graduated from NYU College of Engineering.

During his successful career over 60 years, he was Vice President at Bro-Dart Industries and then at Paramount Industries and GIA. With his inventive mind he relished solving problems. Over the years, he invented and designed machinery for the library industry. He holds several patents in his name. In the final years of his career he consulted on product liability and industrial accident cases, serving as an expert witness. He was particularly interested in safety issues and his designs and consulting work led to improvements in industrial worker safety.

Throughout his long and productive life, he was man of his word, loyal and committed to his family and his work. Photography was a life-long interest and some of his photos garnered best in show awards. With Richard’s attention to detail and his creative problem solving ability he was an excellent craftsman and could build and repair most anything.

Richard L. Schwarz, is survived by his children Dale Schwarz (Guillermo Cuellar) of Sunderland, MA, Cynthia Lowenthal (Mark Lowenthal) of Reston, VA and Roger Schwarz (Kathleen Rounds) of Chapel Hill, NC; and his grandchildren, Sarah, Adam, Noah, and Hannah; he is pre-deceased by his wife Jeanne Schwarz, his brother Sol Schwarz and his sister Lillian Frank.

Contributions can be made in his memory to Kehillah Synagogue, 1200 Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill NC 27516.

The Schwarz family is under the care of Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted at, select obituaries.

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