Albert Weinstein

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Albert Weinstein of Springfield died on Jan. 1 at the age of 98 from heart disease. He was an engineer and inventor who designed solar energy systems for Westinghouse during his 10 years with the company and worked more than 30 years for the federal government, representing the U.S. Defense Department at international scientific meetings overseas. As an inventor, Weinstein was the recipient of eight U.S. patents. He helped invent the first remote-controlled toy car. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on May 31, 1916, to immigrant Jewish parents — his mother from Warsaw, his father from Minsk in what then was Imperial Russia. Survivors include three children, Janis Dietz of Upland, Calif., Suzanne Weinstein of State College, Pa., and Robert Weinstein of Hollywood, Fla.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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