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other languages, specifically Russian and Japanese, so he could communicate with featured speakers in their native tongues and react to comments and questions from the floor. In 1969, for example, when he arrived in Moscow as a member of the IEEE delegation to the Popov Society meeting, he had taught himself Russian so that, as a goodwill gesture, he could present his paper in that language.

Technology, of course, was his passion, and he was still inventing in his 90s. Thirty-nine of his 200 U.S. patents were granted during the twilight phase of his career. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published his latest patent application, for advances in touch-screen technology, in early February 2007, just days before he died.

Dr. Robert Adler will long be remembered for the scope of his scientific vision, his modest and gentle manner, his extraordinary patience and communication skills, and his contributions to the advancement of technology.

He is survived by his wife, Ingrid Adler (nee Koch).


John J. Pederson worked with Bob Adler beginning in 1947 when Mr. Pederson joined Zenith as patent solicitor. He was manager of Zenith’s Patent Department in 1952, was named general patent counsel and director of patents in 1972, and was elected vice president, patents and consumer affairs, in 1981. He has been active in volunteer executive counseling for 10 years following his 1991 retirement from Zenith.


John I. Taylor is the third head of public relations for Zenith in the company’s 90-year history. Now also a vice president of Zenith’s parent company LG Electronics USA, Taylor joined Zenith in 1981. He was named head of public relations in 1987 and vice president in 1993. Mr. Taylor worked with Bob Adler for a quarter century.



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