The Record from Hackensack, New Jersey on November 3, 1997 · 17
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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 1997 OBITUARIES THE RECORD A-17 Ex-Bergen prosecutor Joseph Woodcock Jr. Also served in state Assembly, Senate By DON STANCAVISH Staff Writer CLIFFSIDE PARK - Joseph C. Woodcock Jr., a former Republican state lawmaker and Bergen County prosecutor who brought an unconventional flair to politics, died Sunday. He was 71. Mr. Woodcock had been hospitalized at Hackensack University Medical Center for the past week and died of complications from an infection, family members said Sunday evening. A lifelong Cliffside Park resident, Mr. Woodcock left behind a distinguished career of public service. An attorney by training, he served as a Cliffside Park councilman, a state assemblyman, and a state senator in addition to being prosecutor. In 1977, he sought the Republican nomination for governor of New Jersey, losing to former state Sen. Raymond Bateman. "He was truly a wonderful mentor to me," said Bergen County Assignment Judge Sybil R. Moses, who began her law career in 1974 working as an assistant prosecutor with Mr. Woodcock. "He was always guided by the highest moral principles. In politics, he was never bothered by slogans or cant. He was a very good and kind man." Born in Cliffside Park on Nov. 20, 1925, Mr. Woodcock graduated from Cliffside Park public schools and Rutgers University. In 1953, he received a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Wesson during the Pacific campaign. He remained a bachelor his whole life, though family members said he had a longtime fiancee. During his years of public service in Bergen County, Mr. Woodcock built a reputation as an unconventional and sometimes controversial politician. As a state senator, he broke ranks with his Republican colleagues so many times that The New York Times called him a "Jersey Independent." And as prosecutor, he maintained that off-duty policemen should not be permitted to carry firearms. A 1983 Record article described Mr. Woodcock as a "short, dapper man with a raspy voice" who was "something of a gourmet, particularly fond of his own turtle soup." In the same article, Mr. Woodcock told a reporter: "I happen to believe in the system. The system will not survive if people running for office tell people what they want to hear and they don't tell them what they ought to hear." Mr. Woodcock was a member of the Bergen County, New Jersey, and American bar associations. He also was a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Ethics Commission. He practiced law from his of- changing locations? Get The Latest Residential Real Estate Information On Almost Anywhere In The U.S. Get Reall'ind USA. It'sllie new service that brings you the real estate section or special publication from the newspaper that covers the area you 're interested in. 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Helen Meyner, former congresswoman The Associated Press FORT MYERS, Fla. - Former New Jersey Rep. Helen Stevenson Meyner died Sunday at age 69. Mrs. Meyner, a Democrat who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1975 to 1979, died at Heartland Health Care Center here. She had retired to Captiva Island in 1990 after her husband, former New Jersey Gov. Robert B. Meyner, died. Mrs. Meyner, a native of New York City, attended Colorado College in Colorado Springs. From 1950 to 1952, she served as Luther G. Simjian, ATM inventor The Associated Press NEW YORK - Luther G. Simjian, an inventor who held more than 200 patents on items including the automated teller machine, the self-focusing camera, and the TelePrompTer, has died. Mr. Simjian was 92 and died on Oct. 23 at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. A Turkish immigrant who came to the United States at 16, Mr. Simjian's inventing career spanned seven decades. "Many called him the second Thomas A. Edison," said Richard G. 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Four years later, in 1932, he patented the self-focusing camera, followed in 1934 by a color X-ray machine. Prompted by the deaths of friends during World War II, Mr. Simjian invented the Optical Range Estimation Trainer, the A new home isn't the culmination of a maintenance, and life's ongoing expenses require most of yours just went Still, you don't have to put things off. At The Bank of New York you may qualify for Homeowners Edge? a tax- home-secured loan that equity. It lets you borrow up to $50,000 at low rates with no points or fees. You can even get an approval in 60 minutes or less bv calline l - w come to any of our New Jersey and, in to apply for dream lady, she volunteered for many organizations, including the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Newark Museum, and the New Jersey Rehabilitation Commission. She continued her community service after her husband served the maximum two terms in office and began a private law practice in Newark. Asked by the Democratic Party, Mrs. Meyner made an unsuccessful run for Congress in the first flight simulator of its kind, to train pilots and tail gunners. "One thing I discovered about myself in the early days of my life is that I can't stick with just one idea for too long," Mr. Simjian wrote in an autobiography privately published earlier this year. Among Mr. Simjian's other eclectic inventions were a method for tenderizing meat, a remote-controlled postage meter, and a supersonic exploring device used in ultrasound procedures at hospitals. An avid golfer, Mr. Simjian also held a patent for a computerized indoor golf practice range. When a ball is struck, an analog computer dream. It's the beginning. to your down payment. doesn't require 800 - HOUR - LOAN. Of course, you can also more than 370 branches throughout New York, Connecticut, through our Putnam Trust division Homeowners Edge. If you have limited equity, come true. i i heavily Republican 13th District in 1972. 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