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Obituary: Melvin Schachter

Melvin Schachter, of Glen Head, NY, passed away on Aug. 31, 2012, at age 88, after a courageous battle with cancer. Longtime employee of Grumman Aerospace. Beloved husband of Vivian. Loving father of Saul, Marjorie (Richard Geismar), and Louise. Adored “Pop-Pop” of Jenny.

Mr. Schachter worked on Grumman’s Lunar Excursion Module (LEM) that landed on the moon with Neil Armstrong on July 21, 1969. The family joke was it was named after Mr. Schachter because LEM spelled backwards is...

Mr. Schachter was a whiz with cameras. A few years before he retired from Grumman, Mr. Schachter set up his own camera repair business. But, he had to be certified. In those days – 30 yeas ago – you took a series of tests via the mail. A test would come in from the headquarters in Colorado.

Mr. Schachter would respond to the test, mail it back, and a few days later he’d receive his score: It was always 100 percent. But, one time he got a 95 percent – one wrong. Mr. Schachter, painstakingly and very politely, responded with a five-page response, written in longhand, explaining why he felt he was correct and they were wrong. A few days later, a letter came: Mr. Schachter was indeed correct. He got a 100 percent.

Mr. Schachter would never get rich in the camera business. He would work six, eight hours on a camera, fix it, and charge its owner five dollars. On that rare occasion, when the camera was beyond repair, he wouldn’t charge anything.

Funeral services were arranged by Whitting Funeral Home, Glen Head, with internment at Mt. Ararat in Farmingdale. Contributions may be made to Hospice Care Network, 99 Sunnyside Blvd., Woodbury, NY 11797.