Friday, August 28, 2015
Arthur M. Dinitz of Westport, a leader in transportation safety, died Aug. 27 at home after a valiant battle with cancer. He was 81.
Born Dec. 8, 1933, son of Irving and Frances Dinitz of Brooklyn, N.Y., he was a graduate of Brooklyn Tech and New York University, where he was captain of the swim team, earning a Bachelor of Engineering degree.
In 1968, he founded Transpo Industries, Inc., a New Rochelle, N.Y.-based company focused on transportation safety products and infrastructure preservation materials.
An industry pioneer, he was recognized in 2004 by the Washington, D.C. -based American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) as one of its 100 Transportation Leaders of the 20th century.
In 2006, he was awarded the Kenneth A. Stonex National Roadside Safety Award by the National Academy of Science Transportation Research Board.
He was cited for his “unwavering dedication to highway safety and industry leadership (which) have reduced highway injuries and fatalities across the nation. The benefits of his efforts will continue to accrue for many years to come.”
His first product was a water-filled energy absorbing bumper, installed successfully on more than 4,000 New York City taxicabs.
In continuing a search for new and innovative products, Transpo Industries introduced crash cushions, omnidirectional breakaways for sign supports and light poles, airport jet blast and perimeter security fencing, and a highway rail grade safety crossing system.
Transpo developed polymer concrete materials and precast technology for rapid rehabilitation and preservation of bridges, roads, tunnels and runways.
Dinitz took great pride in the fact that the company he built has helped saved thousands of lives. A man with a quick smile, hardy handshake and bear hugs, he was able to command both respect and emanate warmth to all those he met.
The field of transportation safety was the driving force in his life, and he cherished the friends he made over the decades of service regardless of affiliation, competition or partnership, his family said.
He is survived by his wife Eleanor, his children Andrew Dinitz and Karen Dinitz and his stepchildren Wendy Owens and Jeff Fuhrman, his nine grandchildren and many close friends. He was predeceased by his first wife Linda P. Dinitz.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory can be made to the ARTBA Foundation Transportation Safety Program at 1219 28th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007 http://www.artba.org/foundation/.
Funeral services will take place on Sunday, Aug. 30 at 10 a.m. at Temple Israel in Westport, and the family will be sitting shiva at his home from Sunday to Thursday.
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