Victor Benatar, 90, died peacefully in his sleep Wednesday, July 1, 2015.
Victor was a native Atlantan who attended Boys’ High and graduated in 1942. He was on the boxing team, an officer in ROTC and a cheerleader. On graduating high school, Victor enlisted in the U.S. Navy and because of his academic excellence was enrolled in the V12 program at Georgia Tech. He was a cheerleader for three years at Georgia Tech and received a bachelor of chemical engineering degree and a commission as ensign in the U.S. Navy. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1947. Victor worked as the chief engineer at Palm Chemical until 1952, a project manager at Lockheed Aircraft in Marietta until 1962 and the chief design engineer manager for Mead Packaging Machinery Division until 1969, then started his own company, Advance Engineering. He designed and built machines for canvas frames, chiropractic adjustment machines that are used throughout the world, the HoneyBaked Ham spiral slicer, and desulfurization equipment for steel mills. In addition, Victor was a Mason for more than 60 years as a 32nd-degree Scottish Rite member and a member of the Shriners band. He was also a docent at the Atlanta History and Jimmy Carter centers. He was a member of Congregation Or VeShalom, serving on the board and taking responsibility for the general maintenance of the buildings. Victor was the son of Morris and Mary Benatar.
His loving wife, Rosalind, of 61 years, preceded him in death in 2011, as did his son, Marlin, in 2012. Victor is survived by his brother, Leo Benatar, and his wife, Louise; daughter Miriam Guest and her husband, Bill; daughter Suzanne Goldstein and her husband, Howard; grandchildren Jason Guest and wife Katie, Andrew Guest and wife Kezia, Daniel Goldstein and wife Melissa, and Lauren Goldstein; and great-grandchild Penelope Guest. Sign the online guestbook at www.edressler.com. Contributions can be made to Congregation Or VeShalom or to Weinstein Hospice. A graveside service will be held Friday, July 3, 2015, at 10 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery with Rabbi Hayyim Kassorla officiating. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.