Dietmar Maximilian Schoeffel, 86, founder of Schoeffel Instruments, innovative engineer and gentleman, died peacefully on September 16 after a very brief illness at Lahey Hospital in Burlington MA.
Born July 8, 1931 in Czechoslovakia, he became an Engineering Master and started two small businesses before immigrating to America in 1957.
‘Max’ met Christl, his wife of 58 years, at a dance social. He founded Schoeffel Instruments in Westwood, New Jersey, and later acquired McPherson Instruments in Acton, Massachusetts, in 1981. Both companies manufacture scientific instruments used for spectroscopy that measure light and colour. He was always active; an entrepreneur, avid sailor, hiker, and dancer. Most of all he enjoyed coming to work at his business every day. He is survived by his wife Christl, his three children and six grandchildren.