Sidney Soloway, 92, native of Worcester, MA, long term resident of Norwalk, passed away at home. He is survived by his devoted wife of 68 years, Rhoda Kahn Soloway. three sons: Scott (Rivka Guskin) of North Branford, CT, Andrew of Albuquerque, NM , Mahlon of Santa Fe, NM ( wife Leslie A. Carlson; four loved and loving grandchildren: Brent Carlson Soloway and Caroline Olivia Soloway, Christopher and Parker Soloway. In addition, he is survived by his brother, Albert, (wife Barbara), and their children and grandchildren —all very dear to him.
A biophysicist, Sidney Soloway attained his Ph.D. at Harvard University in June, 1950, subsequent to his World War II service with the 4th Marine Division overseas. During the early part of WW II, he taught radar to assorted military personnel at Harvard. Unfrozen for a single day from his secure teaching position, he promptly enlisted in the Marine Corps and was sent overseas as a Radar and Communications Officer. Prepared for the first wave of the planned invasion of Japan, he and his unit were saved when the atomic bomb was dropped.
His first position after graduate school involved him in a research project on gout which led to his and his coworkers’ discovery of the cause of and cure of gout (with the drug colchicine). Lured to CT by Schlumberger Well Surveying Company, his work resulted in a vastly improved research tool for testing to determine the presence of oil. From then on, however, all his work—whether in Pittsburgh, Chicago, or Connecticut was in medical instrumentation, notably in the development of ultrasound.
In retirement, until his death, his concerns for harnessing radioactive substances led to published papers and patents on the ability to diminish the half-life of radioactive substances through the use of appropriate photon frequencies. Though preliminary, this direction of research could control safe disposal of nuclear waste and ultimately control the use of atomic weapons.
His other crusade was to promote understanding of, and handling of, people with mental illness by police and other providers. He formed and implemented a Committee for the Decriminalization of the Mentally Ill which has taught police throughout Connecticut and beyond.
Services will be held at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk, 2:00 PM, Thursday, May 19, 2011. Interment will follow in Independent Hebrew Cemetery, Richards Avenue, Norwalk. The family will welcome friends at home following the ceremonies and on Friday.
Contributions to Southwest Regional Mental Health Board, 1 Park St., Norwalk 06851 to be directed to his Committee would be very meaningful to him and his family.