Mereco Mourns the Passing of Herbert L. Spivack
Posted: Jul 18, 2012
The Mereco Technologies community mourns the passing of its beloved Founder and Chairman, Herbert L. (Herb) Spivack. Mr. Spivack passed away at home in the company of his loved ones on July 11, 2012.
Herb was the husband of Gloria (Richmond) Spivack for 61 years.
Born in Boston, a son of the late Samuel and Sarah (Harjick) Spivack, he had lived in East Greenwich for 38 years, previously residing in Cranston. He earned a degree in chemical engineering in 1949 from MIT, and served in the U.S. Army stateside in the Korean Conflict.
The owner and founder of Mereco Technologies Group in West Warwick for 52 years, he was a true entrepreneur and held many patents in the field of epoxies for electronic applications. He was admired by his peers and much loved by his employees. Mereco was his life’s work and he considered his work at Mereco to be more of an avocation than a vocation. Mereco employees will always remember the kindness and generosity he provided them, and also his wisdom and humor. In professional circles, he will be remembered for voicing his strong opinions, which were always backed up with trustworthy facts, figures and examples.
A former vice president of Temple Torat Yisrael and former board member of Providence Hebrew Day School, he was a long-time member of the Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE), Pawtuxet Valley Rotary Club, The Chief Executives Club of RI, and other trade advocacy groups. A delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business in 1986 and in 1995, he was chairman of the MIT Alumni Association of New England from 1965 to 1992. In the 1980’s he was also Chairman of the Epoxy Resin Formulators Division of the Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc. and contributed to the definitive work (at the time) for formulating epoxies “The Epoxy Resin Formulators Training Manual”.
He was the father of Robert Spivack and his wife Rachel of Gilroy, Calif., and Elaine Katz and her husband Daniel of South Orange, N.J.; grandfather of Gabriel and the late Benjamin Katz; brother of Marlene Saperstein and her husband Leon of Surprise, Ariz.; and uncle of Andrea Gropman and David Saperstein.