Samuel Arbiser, 94, of Decatur

Samuel Arbiser, 94, of Decatur

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Samuel Arbiser

Samuel Arbiser, age 94 of Decatur, Georgia, died January 12,  2014. He was born on Sept. 19, 1919 in Warsaw, Poland, Son of Yakov Arbiser and Pola Zilberman, of blessed memory who perished in Treblinka Nazi death camp. He was the third generation of mechanical engineers and in 1939, fled the Nazis and spent the duration of the war in Siberia. He received mechanical engineering training in Siberia, and,  in 1950, moved to Israel where he served in the Israel Defense Forces. In Israel, he became chief engineer of Hamat, the largest mechanical engineering firm in the Middle East. In 1960, he moved to Atlanta and founded Arbiser Machine Building Company, which became renowned for innovative design of custom machinery. His work won accolades from Bell Laboratories and Lucent, among many others. He officially retired at age 83, but was highly involved with the company’s success for the next several years. His creativity was evident even in his final years, through sculpture in metal. His work was featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution and on the campus of Emory University. He was a member of Congregation Beth Jacob since 1972. He was active in the Breman Museum and dedicated the Arbiser Family Theater there. Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Pola Arbiser; son, Jack and daughter in-law Zoya Arbiser; daughter, Sherry Arbiser; and seven grandchildren: Ethan, Adam,  and Joseph Arbiser and Jordan, Marlee, Ilan, and Zoe Bagel . Services were held at Crest Lawn Memorial Park , Mon., Jan. 13 with Rabbi Ilan Feldman officiating. Sign the online guest book at Donations may be made, in lieu of flowers,  to  Congregation Beth Jacob and the William Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum. Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, Atlanta (770) 451-4999

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