Drive Pioneer and MICROMO CEO Fritz Faulhaber Remembered for Curiosity, Compassion

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February 23, 2017

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Fritz Faulhaber, a pioneer in high-precision micro motor and drive systems, died at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston on Feb. 6, 2017, at the age of 68.

He had served as president and CEO of MICROMO Electronics Inc. and as chairman of the FAULHABER Group.

Fritz Faulhaber was born in Schönaich, Germany, in 1948. His father was an engineer, and his mother moved to the U.S. when he was 10. Faulhaber spoke no English at the time. He later earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering design from Carnegie Mellon University.

After joining the company founded by his parents, Faulhaber’s leadership helped turn it into a multinational enterprise. Its products can now be found in industrial robots, laboratory equipment, implantable heart-assistance pumps, and engine controls for rockets used in space exploration.

In 1981, Faulhaber became president of Clearwater-based MICROMO, and in 1985, he became a partner in Schönaich-based Dr. Fritz Faulhaber GmbH. FAULHABER Group has 17 facilities and 1,700 employees worldwide.

Lively and curious
Fritz Faulhaber was not only hard-working and a brilliant mathematician and engineer, but he was also curious about gadgets and had a “clever sense of humor,” according to a MICROMO press release. He earned a license to pilot a helicopter at 65 and...

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