David O. Feder, longtime Madison NJ and Sag Harbor NY resident, died peacefully in his home Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 at the age of 87.
Born and raised in Yonkers NY, Dr. Feder held a PhD from Columbia University in chemical engineering. Dr. Feder was employed at Bell Laboratories from 1954 through the early 1980s when he formed his own company, Electrochemical Energy Storage Systems, Inc.
While at Bell Laboratories, Dr. Feder became the head of the Battery Development Department, which channeled his life activities in that field. He and his development team developed a long life stand-by battery, “The Round Cell,” known in the industry as the “Bell Cell”. He authored and co-authored many papers still guiding the industry and in 2004 he was inducted into the Battcon Hall of Fame.
He will be greatly missed by the family, many colleagues, friends in his personnel life and in the field of lead acid batteries, in which he is universally respected.
Dave was a WWII veteran, avid skier, runner, and boater. A devoted husband and father, he leaves his wife Denise of 59 years; four children Peter, Stephen, Sonia, and Danielle; and 10 grandchildren.