Joseph Bomstein
Born 1923 in Bridgeport, CT
Died 6/2004 in Philadelphia, PA


June 12, 2004 Joseph Bomstein, retired Manlius resident, died June 12 at the age of 84. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, he won awards in high school for his ability in languages and was salutatorian of his graduating class. A scholarship student at Yale,he majored in chemistry and did advanced work in mathematics. He won the Yale chess championship one year and was also given the Benjamin Barge math prize. After college, Bomstein joined the Army-Air Force and was trained in photo intelligence. In 1943 he married Edith Mann, also of Bridgeport. He was then sent overseas, where his primary wartime assignment was to assist in locating bombing targets in Africa and Italy. Upon returning from the war, he began a career in chemistry. For the next 13 years, he did research in industry and took doctoral courses, all the while helping to raise three sons. In 1960, his career took a different direction, and he moved his family from Buffalo to Syracuse to work at Bristol Myers in pharmaceutical manufacturing. From then until his retirement in 1983, Bomstein continued to take on greater responsibilities. His final position was as vice-president for quality assurance, with responsibility for quality control of Bristol drug production facilities worldwide. In that capacity, he traveled to Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Iran, Egypt, England, Colombia and Puerto Rico. He also testified as an expert in patent litigation in England. After retirement, Bomstein remained active in local democratic politics, knocking on doors during countless local campaigns well into his seventies. An avid bridge player, he also enjoyed doing the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle. A member of Temple Adath Yeshurun for more than 20 years, he and his wife attended a monthly Jewish study group. In 1984, he received an award from Jewish Family Services for helping the elderly. Bomstein was diagnosed with vascular dementia in the late 1990s, and he moved with his wife to the Philadelphia area to be closer to family. In 2002 doctors found lymphoma. Despite the decline in his cognitive abilities and his rapidly approaching death, he was able to accept his lot in life with dignity and without complaint. In his last years especially, he enjoyed being surrounded by his family, including his wife Edith, his three children, his seven grandchildren and his three great-grandchildren. Funeral services took place on June 13. The family requests that any contributions be made to the Jewish Charity, MAZON, 1990 S. Bundy Dr., Ste. 260, Los Angeles, CA 90025-5232.
Published in the Syracuse Post Standard on July 4, 2004
Burial Location
Edith (Mann) Bomstein
Died 1/24/2005