Levine Chapels

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Irving Erlichman

Irving Erlichman, age 96 years, of Wayland on Friday, November 8, 2019. The beloved husband of Phyllis (Gilman) Erlichman for 67 years. Loving father of Howard (TX), David (AZ) and Philip & Phyllis (TN). Adored grandfather of Jonathan & Katie of NH. Pre-deceased by his sister Ann Aborn and brother Richard Erlichman. Cherished uncle of Elinor Mannis and Leonard Erlichman and many great nieces and nephews.

Irving was born and raised in Boston. He served as a staff sergeant in Italy during WW2 as a B-24 crew chief with the 454th Heavy Bomber Group, 737rd Squadron. Then, after the war, he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University. Irving subsequently commenced a remarkable career at Polaroid Corporation. He received over 70 patents, some of which crucial to the development of the SX-70 Camera. His patent for a ground-breaking digital camera on October 22, 1979 was praised for its “features, capabilities, and sheer daring” and led an editor at “Modern Photography” magazine to speculate if “the name of Irving Erlichman [would] someday be as famous and well-known as Dr. Edwin Land.”

Irving was an Engineering Fellow at Polaroid. He was also honored with the same title by the Society of Photographers, Scientists and Engineers. After retiring from Polaroid in 1985, Irving continued to work as a consultant up until the final months of his life. He helped to develop Exergen Corporation’s product line and created a substantial amount of the company’s intellectual property. Irving was also an avid sailor, a member of the New England Sculptors Association, a co-founder of Arts Wayland, and an extremely talented painter and writer.

Services in the Chapel at Sharon Memorial Park, 40 Dedham St., Sharon on Tuesday, November 12 at 12:00pm.

Memorial observance at his late residence following the burial through 7:00 PM and continuing Wednesday from 4:00pm – 7:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284.


  • Funeral Service martes, 12 noviembre , 2019


Irving Erlichman


Ellen Minkels

21 noviembre , 2019

Dear family,
A mentor, an inspiration.
I met Irving a couple of times at Exergen. I am based in the Netherlands and we had some great conversations about the VOC and the book his son wrote and my colleague and I read.
After each conversation, he always managed to bring a big smile to my face. Whilst walking back to my own desk, I always decided that I wanted to grow old "just like him".

He told me once that he was following various courses at his local college:
How to write,
Word and
How the West was won. He was still "hungry" to learn and that kept his brain obviously extremely sharp. Lesson learned that we have to stay curious.

I truly admired him and I will surely miss him.

Bob Harris

20 noviembre , 2019

It was a sad day at Exergen when we heard the news. We all learned a lot from Irving, as he was an idol to all of us. I would email him once in a while to check on him and chat about the Patriots. I actually emailed him as recently as Monday to show him an ad where they used a Polaroid camera . And I was wondering why he didn’t reply, because he always replied promptly.

Exergen's marketing team interviewed him in 2014 and he wouldn’t let us publish the story, because he said he “didn’t want to jinx himself”.

Godspeed Irving, an amazing man and mentor! My condolences to his family!

Judy Lem-Pang

11 noviembre , 2019

Dear Phyllis and family,
Sorry for your loss. Phyllis, over the years we lost touch but you have always stayed on our minds... I just wanted to convey our sympathy for the loss of your Irving, loving husband, father, and grandfather. May he Rest In Peace and may his memory be a blessing...

Ark and Judy Pang

Carol Burns

11 noviembre , 2019

Dear Phyllis & family,
Although Ed & I did not know Irv, we met him at our daughter's home at The Hills. We remember his intellect & gentleness. He developed his talent to benefit mankind! He will be greatly missed by all those who knew & loved him. Phyllis was his devoted wife for 67 years. May Irv rest in peace!
Ed & Carol Burns (Diane Young's parents)

Diane Young

10 noviembre , 2019

We had the blessed opportunity to know Irv & Phyllis the past 9 years as neighbors and friends. Irv was an inspiration to all with his quick wit, intelligence, modesty and humor. We feel so grateful to have known him. We loved he and his wonderfully wife dearly. We are heartbroken over his passing.

Dale Dean

10 noviembre , 2019

My great uncle will be greatly missed and I will always cherish the memories and especially the visit we had last month the picture we took have of us will be treasured. Your at peace now.

Love you
Dale and Mike
Jordan Dawn and Effy.