Herbert P. Fastert, 82, of Franklin Lakes, NJ passed away on December 24, 2018. Born to Auguste and Peter Fastert in Kajedeich, Germany in early 1936, he was the middle of 3 children. After marrying Karin Thiessen in 1958, they came to the United States in 1961, living in Queens, NY before settling in Franklin Lakes in 1965.
After graduating from Hamburg Polytechnical Institute in Hamburg, Germany as a Diplom- Ingenieur, he started his career in 1963 as Chief Engineer with Concast, Inc. (now the SMS Group, Inc. ) at 40 Wall Street, NY. The innovative and growing company broke ground on its new headquarters in Montvale, NJ in 1975.
In 1994, he was asked by the SMS Group, to merge two divisions into a single subsidiary headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. He retired as President and CEO of SMS Demag, Inc. in 2000 but continued serving as Chairman of SMS Capital as an advisor to the SMS Demag Board until 2006.
Herbert Fastert was the Winner of the 2006 AIST Tadeusz Sendzimir Memorial Medal “for his pioneering efforts in the development and commercial implementation of continuous casting technology, including worldwide firsts for beam blank, near-net-shape, and jumbo slab casters, and for his significant contributions to the evolution of the CSP process”. He is listed as an inventor on six (6) US patents related to continuous casting technology.
Beloved husband of Karin Fastert (nee Thiessen) of Franklin Lakes. Respected and loved father of Denis Fastert and his wife Catherine of San Jose, California; Steven Fastert and his wife Stephanie of Chelmsford, Massachusetts; and Thomas Fastert and his fiancé Rossana of Franklin Lakes. Loving and kind grandfather of Ian, Joshua, Sarah, Andrew, Emily and Brianna. Dear step-brother of Norbert Spahrbier and half-sister Annemarie Warschitz, both residing in Hamburg, Germany.
A Memorial service will be held on Friday, January 4, 2019 at 4.30 pm at Vander Plaat-Vermeulen Memorial Home, 530 High Mountain Road, Franklin Lakes.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please consider making a donation to Columbia University Medical Center Office of Development, Attention Matt Reals, 516 West 168th Street, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10032 in support of the research of Dr. Lawrence Honig.
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