Dolph Rotfeld

Veteran Civil Engineer

Veteran Civil Engineer Dolph Rotfeld, considered by many a dean in the engineering community, who worked on many of the region’s major construction and infrastructure project, died on Nov. 30, 2022 after a brief illness. He was 91.

He was born in Vienna, Austria, the only son of Berta and Arthur Rotfeld.

He emigrated to the U.S. with his parents and grandmother when he was eight years old and came to live in the Bronx with relatives who sponsored his family. He attended school in the Bronx, Brooklyn Technical High School and later went to the Newark School of Engineering and earned a degree in civil engineering. Rotfeld later met the love of his life, Karen, and had two sons, Arthur and Eric.

After graduating from engineering school, Mr. Rotfeld worked for the Westchester County Health Department and shortly thereafter formed Dolph Rotfeld Engineering PC, which he ran for some six decades. He sold the business three years ago to another engineering firm. At present, Dolph Rotfeld Engineering is a division of AI Engineers Inc., PC, and is based in Elmsford, NY.

Over the decades, Mr. Rotfeld would mentor many young engineers, and he served as a consulting engineer to numerous municipalities in Westchester County, including the Village of Port Chester, the Village of Rye Brook and the City of Mount Vernon. He was also an early associate member and advisor to the Construction Industry Council of Westchester & Hudson Valley, Inc.

He always could be counted on to keep an even keel and an unbiased perspective on every issue. He was a member of KTI Synagogue in Port Chester, and he sat on the boards of several charitable organizations and worked for causes dear to him. He enjoyed professional sports and was a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan, a New York Yankees fan, and was devotee of thoroughbred horse racing.

He is survived by his wife Karen of Harrison, son Arthur (Eva) and granddaughter Mia of Valhalla, son Eric (Zaky) of Norwalk, CT., daughter-in-law Elizabeth Rotfeld and grandson Noah of Port Chester as well as nieces and nephews.

A burial service was held Dec. 2 at Sharon Gardens. Donations in his memory may be made to the Salvation Army Food Pantry, 36 Bush Ave., Port Chester, NY 10573.

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