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In memoriam: Arne Lindquist

11 May 2009

Arne Lindquist, founder and president of Optofabrik, died 2 April after a long battle with the auto-immune disease sarcoidosis, according to reports in the newsletter of the New York Photonics Association and the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester, New York. He was 51.

A long-standing and respected member of the optics community in New York and a member of the organizing committee for SPIE Optifab and other events, Lindquist worked his way through Rochester Institute of Technology as an apprentice optician. He subsequently did work at the University of Rochester and the Center for Advanced Technology, developing some of the earliest techniques to polish damage-free surfaces for the OMEGA laser at Laboratory for Laser Energetics. He became part of the development team at the Center for Optics Manufacturing working under Harvey Pollicove, where he played a key role in the development of advanced manufacturing technologies.

Lindquist left the university environment to join Tropel Corp.'s advanced manufacturing group, and was eventually recruited to join Schneider Optical Machinery, a leading optical equipment company. As head of North American sales for Schneider and later as president of his own agency, Optofabrik, Lindquist sold advanced equipment to the optics industry.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Shields Lindquist; children, Anika and Erik; and his parents, siblings, other relatives, and many friends.

A celebration of life was held 11 May at the Univ. of Rochester Interfaith Chapel, where he and Nancy were married 26 years ago. At his request the body has been donated to the Science Life Foundation.