Alvin Gottlieb, 86

Inventor, hospital advocate

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Alvin J. Gottlieb, 86, of Florida, formerly of Oak Park, died on Oct. 14, 2013. An inventor, he was a member of the famous pinball family, D. Gottlieb and Co., which built pin tables in Chicago from 1927. His parents, Dorothy and David Gottlieb, established the Gottlieb Company and also Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in 1961. Mr. Gottlieb dedicated himself to the hospital for much of his life.

The Gottlieb Company originally came into the amusement industry making grip-testing machines. Mr. Gottlieb worked in the engineering department of the business, which saw some major pinball innovations, including the flipper device. He was inducted into the Pinball Hall of Fame in 2007.

The father of four, his funeral took place in Chicago on Oct. 18.


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