Ya’acov (Jacob) Shorr, of Hingham, formerly of Lexington, died peacefully at home surrounded by his children on August 12, 2018. He was 88 years old.
Born in Jerusalem on January 13, 1930, Ya’acov was the youngest of six children. He was married for 63 years to the late Yehudit Ruth (Scharf) Shorr, and was the devoted father of Eran Shorr and his wife Esther Shorr, Maya Shorr Katz and her husband Ronald Katz, and Yoav Shorr and his wife Anne Schwartz. He was the cherished grandfather of seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Ya’acov served valiantly and was wounded in Israel’s Independence War in 1947. He graduated from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where he studied chemistry, and eventually specialized in and did pioneering work in membrane technology and industrial wastewater treatment. Ya’acov immigrated with Yehudit and their three children to the Boston area in 1967 shortly after the Six Day War, where they settled in Lexington for the next 40 years. During this time, Ya’acov founded and built Memtek Corporation, continuing his work in his field.
Ya’acov and Yehudit spent the last ten years at Linden Ponds Retirement Community in Hingham. An avid photographer, he exhibited his works a number of times. He also hosted a
weekly community television program on recent scientific developments.
Graveside services at Beit Olam East Cemetery, 42 Concord Rd., Wayland, on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at 12:00 noon. Following interment, memorial observance will be at the home of Yoav Shorr and Anne Schwartz, 11 Hunt St., Reading, MA, until 4 pm and 6:30-9 pm with a Minyan service at 7:30 pm continuing on Thursday 12-2 pm and 6-9 pm with a Minyan service at 7:30 pm. Additional memorial observance will be held at the home of Eran and Esther Shorr, 90 Charles Circle, Stoughton, MA, on Sunday and Monday 12-2 pm and 6-9 pm with a Minyan service at 7:30 pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a charity of one’s own choosing