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Contact: Laurence A. Bolotin, M.Ed., CAE, Alpha Zeta (University of Florida) 2001
July 30, 2018; 317-334-1898 

Zeta Beta Tau honors Dr. Robert E. Fischell with Man of the Year Award
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity honored alumnus Dr. Robert E. Fischell, Alpha Upsilon (Duke University) 1951 with the 2018 Man of the Year Award at the Grand Awards Banquet at the 2018 International Convention on July 14, 2018.

The Man of the Year Award, also called the International President’s Plaque, was created to honor those Brothers who reach the apex of their various involvements. These men, through their life’s work, exemplify the teachings of Zeta Beta Tau’s Ritual and the commitment Brothers of ZBT make to better the communities in which they live.  

“Brother Fischell is the definition of our Credo.  He has worked his entire life to help improve the lives of others and has ensured that his communities have felt the positive impact along the way. We are thrilled that he accepts our Man of the Year recognition and joins a talented and accomplished group of prior award recipients,” said ZBT Chief Executive Officer Laurence Bolotin M.Ed., CAE, Alpha Zeta (University of Florida) 2001.

Dr. Fischell was employed at the Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory for 25 years where he actively developed more than 50 spacecrafts for the US Navy and for NASA. Starting in 1969, he began the formation of 15 private companies that licensed his patents on medical devices including heart pacemakers, defibrillators, coronary stents, and devices to treat epilepsy and migraine headaches. He is a prolific inventor with over 200 issued US and foreign patents that have been the basis for medical devices that have been implanted in more than 20 million patients on a worldwide basis.

His inventions have changed the world of modern medicine. In 2005, he received the TED award for contributions to medical technology. In May of 2016, he received the National Medal for Technology and Innovation, the highest recognition in the USA, for his contributions toward the betterment of mankind from President Obama.

"It was marvelous to join the brothers of ZBT in Los Angeles and to remember the wonderful times back with my brothers at Duke University in 1947, and now with the annual meeting to once again be engaged with our fraternity,” Dr. Fischell said. 

Gifts in honor of Brother Fischell may be made to the Zeta Beta Tau Foundation. Learn more about the Zeta Beta Tau Foundation at

Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity was founded in 1898 in New York City as the world's first Jewish Fraternity. ZBT is a Brotherhood of Kappa Nu, Phi Alpha, Phi Epsilon Pi, Phi Sigma Delta and Zeta Beta Tau. 

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