Moises Ostrovsky

Moises Ostrovsky

Moises Ostrovsky, a former Lab engineer, died June 17. He was 82.

Ostrovsky was born Nov. 7, 1936 to Aaron Ostrovsky and Rosa Schapiro, in the town of Charata, Chaco, Argentina. Soon the family moved to Buenos Aires, where he spent his first few years and then to Moises Ville, a small town in the Province of Santa Fe, where he graduated from high school. He chose to pursue an engineering degree at the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, and he went to live in the city of the same name.

He was drafted into the army and in order to stay close to his future wife, Blanca, he volunteered to become a paratrooper enrolling in the Escuela de Tropas Aerotransportadas in La Calera, Cordoba. Once discharged from the Army, he went to work for Industrias Kaiser Argentina (IKA), an automobile manufacturing company and subsidiary of Kaiser Industries in the United States.

He married his beloved wife, Blanca in 1960, they moved to the U.S. in 1963, in order to complete his studies and find better work opportunities. He started working as a junior engineer for Kaiser Engineers, obtained his degree in electrical/electronic engineering from Heald Engineering College, and secured his Professional Engineer in Control Systems registration. His work involved electrical design and supervision of installation of heavy industrial plants projects, mining, and the construction of the positron electron project support facilities at the Stanford Linear Accelerator.  While on assignment as a Kaiser contractor at Lawrence Livermore, he received an offer to work for the Laboratory in the Design and Construction Division, working for 17 years until he retired in 2006.

He was instrumental in the formation of youth soccer clubs in Walnut Creek and coached for many years. Together with another coach, he took the California All Star team to play in Germany with local youth teams during the 1974 World Cup in Germany.

Ostrovsky had a warm and kind heart, an easy smile and a great sense of humor He will be greatly missed by his friends and family.

A celebration of life will be held Sunday, July 28 at 4 p.m., at the Gateway Clubhouse, Fireside Room in Rossmoor, 1101 Golden Rain Road, Walnut Creek. Reception to follow.

Please RSVP to Blanca Ostrovsky, blancaostrovsky [at], (925) 464-7909.