However, Isaac claimed that his greatest satisfaction came with his election to the National Academy of Engineering in 1974. Isaac saw it as the ultimate in recognition from his peers. In the Academy, Isaac served on five committees and chaired the Public Information Advisory Committee. This renaissance man not only participated in and guided the work of the Academy, but in 1977 he also delighted us with an exhibit of forty-four color photographs hailed by such publications as Art in Focus. An article in that magazine summed up the feelings of many about his photography: ''[Isaac] feels and sees as might a contemporary master of the brush.''

Fortunately for us, Isaac's technical leadership was matched by his civic and philanthropic leadership. In 1976 Isaac started his service on the Technical Advisory Board of the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he served with distinction. His contributions were particularly important in the board's work on formulating policies to stimulate technological innovation—an area where his personal experience was exceptionally valuable. He also served as a valuable adviser to the cities of Philadelphia and Washington.

Much of Isaac's attention was focused on helping educational and other charitable organizations. Domestically, Drexel University, Dropsie University, the University of Pennsylvania (where he also taught entrepreneurship at the Wharton School), Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Institute for Mental Health Initiatives all benefited from his commitment. Isaac gave freely of both his time and his material resources.

Israel was a particular focus of Isaac's efforts. He was a national president of the American Associates of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and, in fact, became the vice-chairman of the Board of Governors of the university in 1988. Among the others who benefited were the Hebrew University, the Technion, and Boys Town of Jerusalem (where the Isaac L. Auerbach School for Computer Technology was founded in 1973).

As it would be impossible to list his technical papers and contributions, so this list of his civic and philanthropic con-

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