Michael Gerver

Profile Updated: June 5, 2016
Residing In Raanana Israel
Spouse/Partner Deborah
Occupation Patent Agent
Children Miriam, born 1977; Adina, born 1979; Avi, born 1982; Mollie, born 1985
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Went to Brandeis, majoring in physics, graduated in 1970. Got PhD in physics at UC Berkeley in 1977, with thesis in plasma physics. Postdoc and research scientist at Cornell University, Laboratory of Plasma Studies, 1976-79. On research staff at MIT Plasma Fusion Center, and one year in Dept. of Aeronautics & Astronautics, 1979-1990, living in Brookline, MA. Engineer at SatCon Technology Corp., Cambridge, MA, 1990-1997, working mostly on DOD and NASA grants doing R&D on vibration control, motors, actuators, smart materials, etc. Consultant at SatCon and other companies since 1997. On research staff at GE Medical Systems in Haifa, Israel, 2000-2001, working in MRI division. Since 2001, I have been working as a patent agent, preparing and prosecuting patent applications, mostly in biomedical instrumentation, at patent law firms in the Tel Aviv area, first at Fenster, since 2007 at Ehrlich & Fenster. When living in Brookline, I was on the board of a couple of different synagogues that I belonged to. Hobbies include genealogy, historical linguistics, birdwatching, history of science. We've taken a couple of interesting vacations in the past few years, to Rwanda and Kenya in 2011, and to Alaska in 2013.

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The things that stick most in my mind from my B-CC days, after all these years, are the Math Club/Math Team, and Mr. Steele's AP physics class, senior year.

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Ellen, from what I remember you and Cornie were pretty close even in 10th grade, when you were both in Mrs. Dean's art class, and always seemed to be giggling together. In fact, I'm pretty sure that you and she were both involved in the mustache-painting incident that I mentioned in the message I posted above, a few months ago. Do you remember that, by any chance?

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And here is her drawing published in the B-CC literary magazine CHIPS, our senior year, for those of you who don't have a copy, or can't easily put your hands on it. The attention to detail, maybe one could say obsession with detail, is something in common with "Zwanbien," the painting I linked to from 1984.

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May 31, 2016 at 4:33 PM

Here's a link to an image of one of her painted fabric works that she created in the last year of her life.

http://americanartluce.tumblr.com/post/91948948966/cornelia-breitenbach-zwanbien-1984-paint-on

This seems like a good example of her style as it is described (and as she described it) in the fourth paragraph of the obituary I linked to above.

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May 31, 2016 at 4:33 AM

I came across this obituary from UCLA, which I think is well worth reading:

http://texts.cdlib.org/view?docId=hb6z09p0jh&doc.view=frames&chunk.id=div00006&toc.depth=1&toc.id=

I had no idea how widely known and respected an artist she was, nor that her father was a famous art historian, and her great uncle was a famous artist whose work influenced her. Maybe people who knew her better than I did already know this.

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(This was written by Margo's husband Amiel Schotz.)

Margo was born in DC and grew up in Chevy Chase. After completing her B.A. at Penn, where she was very active in folk dancing, the balalaika orchestra, and Jewish student affairs, she took her Master's degree in learning disabilities at B.U., spending a year in Israel in the middle. Upon graduation, she returned to Israel in 1974, where she taught a special education class in a development town, married and gave birth to daughter Roni (now a clinical psychologist, married with two lovely daughters of her own, Mia Margo, 3, and Ella Bee, 9 months). Margo later divorced, and in 1983, married Amiel Schotz (originally from Scotland), also an enthusiastic "folkie".

   Margo left teaching and worked as a scientific editor/translator for the Ben-Gurion University Social Studies Unit in the Sde Boqer campus. There she began her work for local Bedouin, under Professor Gideon Kressel. Later, she moved to the main campus in Beersheba where she worked, until she retired, in the Center for Bedouin Education and Development. She acted as liaison for various donors in the States and Germany, edited the newsletter, and materially helped the several hundred Bedouin students studying at BGU, especially the girls, many of whom had special requirements due to family commitments and cultural traditions.

   Margo also ran a family business with her husband, in academic editing, translating and typesetting. Her shelves have a most impressive display of books and journals she had prepared for publishing.

    Having been brought up in a flourishing Conservative congregation, Ohr Kodesh in Chevy Chase (her dad was a highly professional part-time cantor), she maintained her activism in Israel, being a co-founder of two Conservative congregations, in Beersheba and in Metar (where she was the first president).

   Her love of folk music never ceased and over the years she and Amiel hosted many house concerts for visiting singers. They were also active in the Light Opera Group of the Negev (LOGON), performing Gilbert and Sullivan and other musical theater. In her later years, she became a skilled potter, producing a splendid array of pots, bowls, cups and plates. She maintained a close friendship with many of her fellow students and dancers in the States, visiting them when she and Amiel were on their frequent trips to the US.

   It was on their return from such a trip in the fall of 2011 that Margo became ill and only then was she diagnosed with cancer in an advanced stage. She received devoted care from her husband, family, doctors and her many friends. Just three months later, on February 28, 2012, in her hospital bed installed in her living room, with Roni and Amiel by her side, her heart simply stopped.  That very morning she had been delighted to see ultrasound pictures of her unborn granddaughter. She and Amiel had been blessed with more than 30 years of love and companionship.

   In her undemonstrative way, Margo contributed greatly to her many circles of friends and colleagues. She touched and enriched the lives of all who knew her. It is no wonder that despite the inclement weather, more than 200 mourners attended her funeral, coming from abroad and far parts of the country.

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