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George H. Heilborn, 80, Of Ridgewood

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. – George H. Heilborn, a longtime resident of Ridgewood, died Saturday, Oct. 17.

Born in Cologne, Germany, he came to the United States at the age of 5 and settled in Peoria, Ill. with his family. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in physics and a brother of Theta Chi fraternity. He received a master’s degree in physics from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. 

He founded IPS Computer Marketing Corporation, a dealer and broker of used computer systems and components for commercial use, in 1963. IPS was a pioneer in the development of the computer leasing industry and went public in June 1972. He sold IPS to USF&G Financial Services Corporation in December 1988.

He acted as president of the Computer Dealers and Lessors Association, served on the Board of Visitors at Northwestern University and endowed the Heilborn Lectures at Northwestern’s department of physics and astronomy in the memory of his parents, Walter and Christine Heilborn. He was a member of and served a term as president of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences alumni council. He also served on the children’s aid and family services finance committee.

He was an amateur pilot and driver of sports cars and participated in many Ferrari Club events throughout the years. He was a member of The Ridgewood Country Club, Shelter Island Yacht Club, Harvard Club of NYC and the Metropolitan Club.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; children Stephanie and Allison; sons-in-law Martin Quirno and Jaseung Coue; and one grandson.

Visiting will take place from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Vander Plaat Funeral Home, 257 Godwin Ave., Wyckoff. A funeral Mass will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 1 Passaic St., Ridgewood. Interment will be private. 

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