Samuel Loshaek, 88, of Longboat Key, died Nov. 7.
Formerly of Chicago, he earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Dr. Loshaek was known as a brilliant inventor who had a remarkable ability to focus on the essentials and to analyze all possible outcomes and then choose the best one. He held 40 patents and led research and development teams at Borden Chemical and Wesley-Jessen, for which he invented an unsurpassed soft-colored contact lens that changed eye color and catapulted the company to a major position in the industry.
Dr. Loshaek was a lifelong avid tennis player. He loved music, especially the Motown oldies. He is remembered for his clever, dry wit and sunny smile that lit up his entire face, along with his kindness, generosity, integrity, caring presence, wisdom and loving advice.
Dr. Loshaek is survived by his wife of 32 years, Risé; four daughters; five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; a sister; four sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.
A private memorial service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donate to your favorite charity.
Currently 0 Responses
1 Floridafitfest and 5K Treasure Run
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
8 World Oceans Day Family Festival
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Hat's off to Dee Pelton, volunteers
Dee Pelton held a luncheon that will be tough to top.
Youth sailors descend on City Island
Approximately 250 people hit the water Saturday, April 20 through Sunday, April 21, for Sailfest. The regatta, Sarasota Youth Sailing's biggest fundraiser of the year, included four classes of competition — Optimus, 420, Laser and Multi-hull — and a barbecue feast.
Book club sunsets for the season
The Sunset Beach Book Club, in its 10th year, ended this season with a luncheon and discussion of the book “Gone Girl,” by Gillian Flynn, April 18, at Lazy Lobster. Discussion moderator was Ricki Carroll. Together, the group read five books this season.