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Retired electrical engineer George Haas, 90, dies, is buried in New Jersey

GEORGE HAAS, a retired mechanical engineer who had called New Orleans his home for more than a half century, died at his summer residence in Chautauqua, New York on Thursday, September 9. He was 90.


As a retiree, Haas was a beloved attendee at many area synagogues, but was more often seen in the Metairie area at the Gerson Katz Chabad Center as well as at Congregation Beth Israel and Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation. He also occasionally attended events at Congregation Anshe Sfard in New Orleans. 

Haas was born in Vienna, Austria in the summer of 1931 and was only a toddler when the Nazis came to power. He vividly recalled the horrors of Kristallnacht, which he watched unfold from his third-floor apartment window when he was just 7 years old. Haas’ father managed to escape the Nazis shortly after Kristallnacht, but was forced to leave his wife and two small children behind. They were able to sail from Germany to America aboard an ocean liner prior to the outbreak of hostilities that led to World War II to reunite with the father.

Haas and his family settled in Newark, New Jersey and eventually he attended City University of New York (CUNY), from where he graduated with an Electrical Engineering degree.

Haas married and moved to New Orleans and worked with the NASA Michoud Assembly Center and other businesses as an electrical engineer.

He raised his family in New Orleans and, because Jewish education was very important to him, made sure his children attended Lakeshore Hebrew Day School.

He is survived  by his wife of 62 years, Elaine; his four children Sharon (Doug) Freeman of Palm Beach, FL; Lauren (Mike) Cohen and Allison (Michael) Bromberg both of New York City; and Eric Haas (Courtney) of Houston and many grandchildren.

Rabbi Yossie Nemes of the Chabad Center of Metairie officiated the services held on Friday, September 10, at Riverside Memorial Chapel in New York City. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery in New Jersey, where he was buried adjacent to his parents.


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