August 6, 1932 – April 10, 2023
Waters of Babylon Chapel
Date: April 11, 2023 Time: 2:00 PM
New Montefiore Cemetery: 1180 Wellwood Ave., West Babylon, NY 11704
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August 6, 1932 – April 10, 2023
Arthur Francis Menton was born in The Bronx and died in his home in Centerport, NY. He passed away on his Mother’s birthday, Mildred (Minnie) Sahr Menton. He was adored by his wife, Nancy, his children Marc (Pam) and Deborah (Eyal), his grandchildren, Benjamin, David, Jessica and Haley and all the Charlap family. Arthur left us with two tomes documenting the Charlap dynasty, dating back to King David, which he ranked as one of his greatest accomplishments. He also left an unpublished autobiography, in addition to his many other writings.
By profession, he was an aerospace engineer, and had a long and distinguished career in the field. After attending Bronx High School of Science, he received a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from City College of New York. After a few years of research in Physics at Columbia University, he pursued further graduate study at the University of Pennsylvania and then studied for a Ph.D. in Management Science at New York University.
Since the early 1950’s he worked with some of the most recognized and esteemed names that helped shape the aerospace industry; such as RCA, Fairchild Engine and Airplane Corp., Curtiss Wright, Servo Corporation of America, Republic Aviation and Grumman Aerospace.
He provided military operational analyses and engineering of various weapon systems and aircraft such as the F105 Supersonic Thunder chief, E-2 Hawkeye, A-6 Intruder, F-14 Tomcat and both the Talos and Polaris missile. The analyses included developing battle scenarios in strategic and tactical situations, counter measures and suppression techniques for infrared systems, trajectory and vulnerability of missiles. In addition, he made immense contributions assuring the success of the Lunar Module for all Apollo space missions and developed space chambers for the training of both military and NASA Astronauts. He also worked on many experimental and conceptual aircraft including the likes of the forward swept wing, stealth fighter technology, and Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL). He devised systems for the training of Navy and Marine fighter pilots. For his engineering accomplishments, he has been listed in Leaders in American Science, Who’s Who in the East, and has a place on the honor roll at the Cradle of Aviation Museum on Long Island.
Arthur also excelled as a writer, executive, and university professor. He taught at Cooper Union, the State University of New York, Polytechnic Institute, and C.W. Post College of Long Island University, where he founded the graduate Management Engineering program. He applied his scientific and business background to many of the major concerns confronting contemporary society: foreign and military policy, transportation, urban and regional planning, resource analysis and allocation, and ecological strategies.
Through it all, he published and lectured extensively. His insightful essays have won him awards for writing and editing and have been praised for their originality, penetrating wit, and candid style.
Arthur was known for his incredible energy and excelled in numerous fields. He was a renaissance man, “The Answer Man,” our walking encyclopedia. Besides his love for his family, he had many interests – history, tennis, music, Israel, literature, travel, gardening, photography…..among his favorites in some of those fields were Roger Federer, Frank Sinatra and James Joyce.
Arthur was an exceptional human being and we have all been blessed to have had him in our lives; his absence will be felt for years to come, yet his tremendous influence will live on in those who knew and loved him.
He is interred at New Montifiore Cemetery in West Babylon, NY in the landsleit family plot, Chevra Bnei Moshe Neustadt Chechnovtze.