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The NJIT Community Mourns Loss of Victor Abraham Pelson

The NJIT community mourns the loss of Victor Abraham Pelson, former chairman of the university's board of trustees and an alumnus of NJIT (BS, Mechanical Engineering, 1959;  Honorary Doctor of Science,  2001).    A service will be held Dec. 2, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Temple Emanuel-El, Fifth Ave. at 65th St., New York, NY.  Pelson served on the NJIT Board of Trustees for 14 years, ten of them as chair. During his years as chair, NJIT established the Albert Dorman Honors College and added many new buildings on campus including the Guttenberg Information Technologies Center, the Building Sciences Complex and two residence halls.  He began his extraordinary career at Western Electric as an engineer, quickly moving up through the ranks of AT&T and ultimately achieving the position of chairman of global operations.  He retired from AT&T in 1996.  He served as the chairman of the New Jersey State Chamber of Congress (1989-1991); a trustee for Acterna Corporation; Combustion Engineering; Dun & Bradstreet; Dynatech Corporation;  Eaton Corporation; and United Parcel Service.  He was a senior advisor to UBS Securities.  He was known by friends and business associates as a man of great integrity, wisdom, and humor.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Victor and Barbara Pelson Endowed Scholarship Fund, NJIT, Newark, NJ.