Jack Rand recently moved to Shorewood from Manhattan. He was born and raised in Rockaway Beach, New York. He lived in this idyllic beach town and went on to attend Queens College – not far from home.
During college, he was active in the Enlisted Reserve Corp while studying psychology. His intention was to become a Psychiatrist. However, once he received his bachelor’s degree, Rand served three years in active duty during WWII.
He was pulled from Basic Training and sent to a group known as a Replacement Depot. His job was to choose soldiers for combat. Not long after he was chosen for the Replacement Depot, the devastation from Battle of the Bulge resulted in Rand being sent into combat.
Rand was one of the lucky ones to return home after combat. Upon his return, Rand said he went back to school to become a physician. He attended medical school in Geneva Switzerland, and then opened his practice on Long Island. Jack married in 1949, and they had three children. One of his daughters currently lives here in Rochester while the other two still reside in New York.
While practicing medicine, he said he always had a lot of ideas. “When an inventor gets an idea in his head, it doesn’t go away,” He said. Jack began developing ideas to prevent and eliminate jack-knifing of tractor-trailers. His patented inventions would prevent accidents and save lives.
His first patent was granted in 2007, and then he earned a second patent which improved on the first one. His second patent was awarded in 2016.
Rand took his patents to engineering students in New York, and they created a model. After the model was created, he took his ideas to the automotive industry, but they were not interested in dealing with a solo inventor from outside its ranks.
When asked about his goal for the patents, he said he would like to have a prototype made. “Unfortunately, it is cost prohibitive,” he said. “I would love to find an investor to take on this project.”
Written by Nicole L. Czarnomski