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Bernard Husock, 88, An Expert in Corrosion Engineering

The following obituary appeared on legacy.com

Rest In Peace, Bernard Husock
Rest In Peace, Bernard Husock

 http://http//obits.cleveland.com/obituaries/cleveland/obituary.aspx?n=BERNARD-HUSOCK&pid=168447631 BERNARD HUSOCK, formerly of South Euclid, a nationally-recognized electrical engineer and long-time executive vice-president of the Medina-based Harco Corporation, died Sunday, December 8. He was 88 and lived at the time of his death in Rye, New York. He was a resident of South Euclid and the Cleveland area from 1948-2012. Mr. Husock was an expert in corrosion engineering, focusing particularly on protecting underground pipelines and fuel storage tanks from potential leaks. He held three patents for systems of "self-regulating cathodic protection", an approach which employs the principles of electricity to guard metals-based infrastructure against corrosion. From 1978-82, he served as a member of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of Pipeline Safety Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee. A graduate of Drexel University, he received the 1975 Frank Newman Speller Award from the National Association of Corrosion Engineers for "outstanding contributions to corrosion engineering", In 1977, he received Colonel George C. Cox Outstanding Award given by the West Virginia University "in recognition of an individual's public contributions to underground corrosion engineering." Mr. Husock's interests and enthusiasms ranged widely and included classical music, history and literature. At age 62, he graduated from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law (Cleveland State University) and went on to pass the Ohio bar. A native of Philadelphia he was orphaned at an early age and raised in foster care through a program run by what is now the Jewish Family and Children's Service. He was chosen for the U.S. Navy's electronics training program for naval radar maintenance, characterized by one historical account ("Solving the Naval Radar Crisis", by Raymond Watson Jr.) as "the most challenging training program of World War II"." , and later saw naval service in Tsingtao, China. His marriage in 1948 to the former Lois Levine of University Heights led him to relocate to Cleveland. In his executive role at Harco (now Corrpro), he helped the firm win contracts from major utilities and oil companies, including Exxon, National Fuel and what was then the East Ohio Gas Company and helped lead it to provide cathodic protection for the Alaska pipeline. Long before current interest in infrastructure and energy conservation, Mr. Husock's work helped make both possible. He is survived by his son Howard, of Rye, NY, his daughter, Leiba, of Seattle, WA, three grandsons, Aaron, Eli, and Leon, all of New York, NY, and two great-grandchildren, Zoe and Dillon. He was preceded in death by his wife Lois and daughter Amy. Services will held Tuesday Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. at the BERKOWITZ-KUMIN-BOOKATZ MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1985 S. Taylor Rd., Cleve. Hts. Interment will be at the Bet Olam Cemetery, Beachwood. Contributions in his name may be made to the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and the Menorah Park Foundation.


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