Alan Adams Grometstein, age 86, a resident of Stoneham for over fifty years, died November 4, 2012, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, following a brief illness. He was the husband of Margaret (Reimer) Grometstein with whom he had shared 63 years of marriage. Born and raised in New York City, he was the son of the late Abraham and Ruth Grometstein. Mr. Grometstein graduated from Columbia University with a M.A. in Mathematics and received his MBA from Western New England College.
For more than fifty years, he was a staff member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington. He was the founding editor of the Lincoln Laboratory Journal, which began publishing in 1993, and more recently he edited a book, MIT Lincoln Laboratory: Technology in Support of National Security, published in 2011. He published several technical papers over the course of his career. Mr. Grometstein wrote a book aimed at a more general audience, The Roots of Things: Topics in Quantum Mechanics; published in 1999. His interests were wide ranging, including history, language, religion and literature, and he often wore a sweatshirt that read: So many books, so little time. He was often seen on the streets of Stoneham and Melrose as he walked the family dog James, a small white dog who needs a cart to get around.
In addition to his wife Margaret, he is survived by four children, Randall Grometstein & her husband John Pustell of Stoneham, Alan Scott & his wife Yvette of Manalapan, NJ, Ann Rosas and & her husband Nelson of Carlisle and Martha Matsuda & her husband Fernando of Medway. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Meredith Pustell of Providence, RI, Ross Pustell and Suzanne Rudomen of Oakland, CA, Sarah Lancaster of Boston, Luke Rosas of Carlisle, Kimberly and Nicholas Matsuda of Medway. He leaves two nephews, Edward Cohn & his wife Janice of New York City and Arnold Cohn & his wife Tanya of Marana, Arizona. Calling hours are Thursday, 12-3 P.M. at Anderson-Bryant Funeral Home, 4 Common St., Stoneham. A Memorial Service will be held January 13, 2013 at 2 P.M. at the Melrose UU Church, 70 West Emerson St., Melrose, MA 02176. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to the Alan A. Grometstein Memorial Fund at the Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church or the American Cancer Society .
Published in The Melrose Free Press from November 7 to November 14, 2012.