Frederic L. Lizzi, Eng.Sc.D.
1942 - 2005
"Into space, with love"
L. Lizzi, Eng.Sc.D., research director of the biomedical engineering
lab at Riverside Research Institute in Manhattan, passed away
on January 8, 2005. He was 62. Dr. Lizzi was internationally recognized
as a pioneering investigator in advanced medical ultrasound.
Fred was born in Brooklyn, New York, on December 11, 1942. After
receiving a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Manhattan
College, he studied bioengineering at Columbia University and
received a master's degree in science in 1965 and an engineering
science doctorate in 1971.
In the early 1970s, Dr. Lizzi led the biomedical engineering
group at RRI and later became research director. He was adjunct
professor of ophthalmic physics at the Weill Medical College of
Cornell University and adjunct professor of applied physics at
Columbia University. Fred held numerous patents in medical ultrasound
technology, and his work in the safety and therapeutic aspects
of high-frequency ultrasound continues today for the eye, prostate,
breast and heart.
Besides Fred's professional and scientific achievements, he will
also be remembered by all who knew him as a kind, caring, and
easygoing person with a quick-witted and warm sense of humor.
He loved jazz, literature, philosophy, and art. From a young age
he loved air travel, and was fascinated by space exploration and
other ingenious, meaningful innovations in science and technology.
Fred is survived by his wife, Mary; his children, Joseph and
Marian; and his mother, Anita. He had four sisters, Es, Nita,
Marilyn, and Doris.