OBITUARY – founder of Relume Technologies, Peter Hochstein
By Alyssa Dalton
June 08, 2011 – It is with sadness that we report the passing of Peter Hochstein, founder of Relume Technologies, who passed away over the Memorial Day weekend at his Troy, Mich. home at the age of 65. He is survived by his loving wife Marie; his son, Kevin Baird; and daughter, Jessica Armour.
A memorial service for Peter was held on June 3 at 10 a.m. at Relume Technologies Corporate Headquarters: 925 N. Lapeer Rd Ste B; Oxford, MI 48371.
“A brilliant thinker whose interests spanned a wide range of academic and technical subjects, Peter’s many discoveries and advancements in the LED lighting sector eventually led to 12 patents and the founding of Relume Technologies (then Relume Corporation) in 1994,” explained the company.
He served as president and more recently as chief technical officer and company director, where he “laid the foundation for the technical excellence and advanced product solutions for which Relume Technologies is known.”
“We are extremely sad to lose Peter Hochstein. Besides being a dear friend and a great colleague, Peter was one of the grand men in our field,” said Crawford Lipsey, CEO of Relume Technologies. “We will miss him dearly, and our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Marie and the entire Hochstein family at this time.”
“Peter gave us the technical foundation to make the most reliable and efficient LED lighting products, and now more than ever, we are committed to see to it that Peter’s original vision of building a world-class LED lighting company comes to fruition,” added Jeff Bocan, Relume Technologies board director and managing director at Beringea, an investor in the company.
Peter has more than 80 patents to his credit, with 12 patents relating to LED thermal management and related technologies and four additional patents pending. He received his B.S. in Physics from the University of Toledo and Acton College, and earned his Masters Degree in Engineering Optics and X-Ray Crystallography from Wayne State University and Oakland University.
As expressions of sympathy, contributions in Peter’s name can be made to the South Oakland Shelter, 431 N Main Street, Royal Oak, Michigan 48067.
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