GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

April 10, 2013

Joshua Horwitz, 72


Danvers, MA — Joshua Horwitz, 72, of Danvers and formerly of Magnolia died of Alzheimer’s Disease on April 6, 2013.

Josh was the husband of Sandra (Fishman) Horwitz, father of Eric Horwitz and his wife, Beth, and grandfather of Abigail and Mathew. He leaves a sister, Tamara Arbeter and her husband, Allan; five nieces; and nine great-nieces and great-nephews.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Josh graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania Moore School of Electrical Engineering. He received his master’s degree from M.I.T. and started his career under the tutelage of Bernard M. Gordon, known as “The Father of Analog-to-Digital Conversion Technology,” at Gordon Engineering Company, which later became Analogic Corporation. Over the years he founded several of his own companies including Aviation Simulation Technology (AST) and Accelerated Systems, Inc., where he earned several patents designing products for high tech companies around the country. His designs included an early version of a cardiac pacemaker, an electric bicycle, and, his all-time favorite project - a tabletop airplane simulator on which private pilots were trained to fly.

In his spare time, he was an amateur radio enthusiast, a Sunday sailor, and an extremely cautious and meticulous private pilot who loved piloting his Beechcraft Baron on business as well as family pleasure trips. He loved spending time with his family, doting on his grandchildren and sharing his own “toys” with them in the room he referred to as his “shack.”

Active at Temple Ahavat Achim in Gloucester for 40 years, he was a member of the board of directors and chairman of the ritual committee.

ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Temple Ahavat Achim, 86 Middle St., Gloucester. Interment to follow at Mt. Jacob Cemetery, Gloucester. Memorial observance will be held at Josh's late residence, Wednesday, 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, 1 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Temple Ahavat Achim Torah Fund, 86 Middle Street, Gloucester, MA 01930.