Wallace Samuel Faig, 96 – centraljersey.com
Wallace Samuel Faig of the Township of Hopewell passed away on September 22, 2021 at the age of 96.
Son of Samuel McAllister Faig and Doris Hurd Faig, he was born and educated in Leonia, NJ.
He was predeceased by a brother Donald and his sister Harriet Faig Hoenie.
He is survived by his beloved wife Barbara Dempsey Faig, son Kenneth McAllister Faig, daughter Carolyn Faig Carroll, son-in-law Tom Carroll, grandchildren Jillian Stefanki (Sam), Sydney Owens (Richard) and Jared Carroll ( Elizabeth), and great-grandchildren Calvin, Wallace and Gus Stefanki, Connor and Marguerite Owens, and Langston and Wilhelmina Carroll.
After graduating from high school in 1942, he was employed as a laboratory assistant for the Office of Scientific Research and Development (Manhattan Project) at Columbia University in New York and enlisted in the US Navy in December 1942. He trained as an aviation electronics technician. (radar and radio) and served at various naval air stations on the east coast before being assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31) and served in Admiral Halsey’s Third Fleet in the Western Pacific until the end of the war with Japan. He was discharged from the Navy in 1946.
He graduated from Newark College of Engineering in June 1953 with a BS in Civil Engineering and was employed as a resident engineer for the heavy construction company George M Brewster and Son on various highway, bridge and dam projects in the New York metropolitan area. As part of a Brewster joint venture, he also worked on the foundation of the 60-story Chase Manhattan bank building in lower New York City.
While employed by Brewster, he was recruited by the president of a national property and casualty insurance company to join their engineering department, then transferred to their workers’ compensation and liability underwriting department. civil. He spent the rest of his career putting his education and management skills to work for the benefit of the company. He retired in January 1991, having served as an executive of the company for 15 years and head of the underwriting department for 11 years.
He was active with his son in the Boy Scout movement, served for a time as financial secretary to his church council, and was a life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a member of the US Naval Institute. As a long-time member of the Model A Ford Restorers Club of America, he completely restored a 1931 Model A Ford Roadster upon his retirement.
Interment will be private on family grounds in Englewood, NJ at a later date. Donations can be made to the Salvation Army, a group he has regularly supported.