Obituary: Martin Hochdorf

Obituary: Martin Hochdorf

Martin Hochdorf, 98, of Atlanta died on Nov. 29, 2018.

Martin Hochdorf, 98, of Atlanta, died Nov. 29, 2018. Mr. Hochdorf was born in Berlin, Germany, and emigrated to the United States in 1938.  He met his wife, Jane, in New York.

Mr. Hochdorf earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from New York University and a master’s degree in physics from the University of Arizona in Tucson. Upon graduation from the University of Arizona in 1952 he moved his family to Chattanooga, Tenn., where he accepted a position as an engineer. Soon after, he volunteered to learn a new technology called computing.  Mr. Hochdorf went on to develop the Tennessee Valley Authority’s use of computing and became the chief of the Computing Center.

After retirement, Mr. Hochdorf eventually moved to Atlanta in 1987.  He was a member of  in Sandy Springs.  For more than 17 years, he led evening minyans. Through this activity, he touched many lives throughout the Jewish community. Among his primary interests and enjoyment were classical music and reading books.

Survivors include his son, Robert (Sharon) Hochdorf; daughter, Therese (Joshua) Yarmush; nine grandchildren: Meryl (Joel) Miller, Shoshana (Adam) Nathan, Shmuel Dove (Miriam) Yarmush, Gershon (Deena) Yarmush, Avi (Sarah)Yarmush, Yehuda (Rochie) Yarmush, Daniel (Gila) Yarmush, Gavriel (Basya) Yarmush and Noftoli (Lana) Yarmush; and 39 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

A graveside service was held Dec. 1, 2018 at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Glendale, N.Y., with Rabbi Paul Kerbel officiating.

Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999. Sign online guest book at

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