Matthew Brennesholtz

Matthew S. Brennesholtz

Friday, April 25th, 1947 - Sunday, August 2nd, 2020
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Matthew S. Brennesholtz, a genuinely kind human, died at home on Sunday August 2, 2020 while getting ready for his weekly bike ride through New York City. He was 73. He is survived by his wife Libby, his three daughters Rachel, Eleanor and Margaret and one grandson Paul – all of whom loved him dearly. Matt was a proud Cornell graduate and member of the Seal and Serpent fraternity, finishing his bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics in ‘69 and his masters in ’78. Between his years in Ithaca, he was a Navy LAMPS helicopter pilot, based in San Diego where he met his wife, Libby.
He was a very devoted father and husband, who happily played along with his family’s silliness. If he took you to the zoo (which he always would), he made sure to stop and bark at the sea lions and make monkey noises by the monkey house. He was endlessly willing to pump up bicycle tires, make grilled cheese sandwiches and read books out loud.
Besides his family, Matt loved riding his bike, photography, drawing and writing fiction. He had an extensive portfolio of manhole cover photographs from around the world. He spent almost every Sunday with even tolerable weather on his bike, photographing the outside of NYC Subway stations and the defunct New York, Westchester and Boston Railway. Along with his photography, he also loved to draw. No greeting card or Christmas letter was considered complete until he had doodled a detailed scene with a cat or black or yellow dog in it.
Professionally, he worked as an optical engineer specializing in display technology. He held multiple patents and proprietary awards, and he wrote the book Projection Displays, which was an Amazon best seller (in the field of optics textbooks). He held leadership positions in the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, SPIE (the International Society for Optics and Photonics) and the Society for Information Display.
Many Pleasantville residents may remember seeing him on his evening walks, trailed by a large dog or a very vocal grey and white cat. He hated radishes, mean people and low ceilings.
His memorial service is will be held sometime in 2021 when travel and public gatherings are easier. In lieu of flowers, his family asks that you do something nice for other people, eat some ice cream and be sure to vote.
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Patrice Sobecki

Posted at 06:13pm
Dear Libby, Rachel, Elenor, Margaret, and Paul,
It is with great sadness that I send you my condolneces on the death of Matt. You accurately portray him as a genuinely kind person. I will always remember him as a gentle soul who was always willing to lend a hand in the school district or Village. May memories of all the great times together as well as the love and warm thoughts of your friends surround you and bring you comfort.

Jeff Cohen

Posted at 01:54pm
Dear Brennensholtz family, on behalf of the membership of the NY Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, please accept our deepest sympathies on the loss of your husband and father, Matthew Brennesholtz. To us, Matt was a colleague and longtime active SMPTE member who made meaningful contributions to our professional engineering society consistently over the course of his long career. We will miss his humor, wit, fraternity, and joy for life-long learning. Our thoughts are with with you at this difficult time. Sincerely, Jeff Cohen, Chairman, SMPTE NY Section.

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