2,000 Are Present At Tesla Funeral
Cathedral of St. John the Divine Is Scene of Yugoslav State Function for Scientist
Great in Science Attend
Ambassador Fotitch Heads the Procession of Mourners — Bishop Manning Assists
Inventors, Nobel Price winners, leaders in the electrical arts, high officials of the Yugoslav Government and of New York, and men and women who attained distinction in many other fields paid tribute yesterday to Nikola Tesla, father of radio and of modern electrical generation and transmission systems, at an impressive funeral service in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
The service, conducted in Serbian by prominent priests of the Serbian Orthodox Church, was opened and closed by Bishop William T. Manning. assisted by Father Edward West, Sacrist of the Cathedral. The Serbian Orthodox Office for the Dead was said by the Very Rev. Dushan Shoukletovich, rector of the Serb Orthodox Church of St. Sava, who officiated in the name of the Serbian Orthodox Church in America.
City Is Represented
More than 2,000 persons attended the service. The city was represented by Newbold Morris, President of the City Council, who headed the list of honorary pallbearers. Other honorary pallbearers included Dr. Ernest F. W. Alexanderson of the General Electric Company, inventor of the Alexanderson alternator; Professor Edwin H. Armstrong of Columbia University, inventor of frequency modulation and many other important radio devices; Dr. Harvey C. Rentschler, director of the research laboratories, Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company; Gano Dunn, president of the J. G. White Engineering Corporation; Colonel Henry Breckenridge, Dr. Branko Cubrilovich, Yugoslav Minister of Agriculture and Supply; Consul General D. M. Stanoyevitch of Yugoslavia and Professor William H. Barton, curator, Hayden Planetarium.
Fotitch Heads Procession
The funeral service was held as an official State function of the Yugoslav Government, which was officially represented by Constantine Fotitch, Yugoslav Ambassador to the United States. Dr. Fotitch led the procession of mourners who passed the coffin before it was closed. Oscar Gavrilovitch, Yugoslav consul in New ,York, headed the list of ushers.
Many telegrams were received from officials of the United States Government, prominent scientists, literary men and many others. These included messages from Mrs. Roosevelt, on behalf of herself and the President; Vice President Henry A. Wallace, Professors Robert A. Millikan, Arthur H. Compton and James Franck, all Nobel Prize winners in physics; Professor William Lyon Phelps of Yale, Jean Piccard and Major Gen. J. O. Mauborgne. U.S.A., retired.
Mrs. Roosevelt's message read: “The President and I are deeply sorry to hear of the death of Mr. Nikola Tesla. We are grateful for his contribution to science and industry and to this country.”
Vice President Wallace's message read as follows:
“Nikola Tesla, Yugoslav born, so lived his life as to make it an outstanding sample of that power which makes the United States not merely an English-speaking nation but a nation with universal appeal. In Nikola Tesla's death the common man loses one of his best friends.”
Scientists Pay Tribute
Drs. Millikan, Compton and Franck paid tribute to Tesla as one of the world's outstanding intellects, who paved the way for many of the important technological developments in modern times.
Among the many floral offerings was a wreath from King Peter II of Yugoslavia; the Royal Yugoslav Government, Ambassador Fotitch and many Yugoslav societies.
Chief mourner was Sava Kosanovich, nephew of Dr. Tesla and president of the Eastern and Central European Planning Board, representing Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Poland and Greece.
The body was taken to Ferncliffe Cemetery, Ardsley, N. Y., where it will be in the receiving vault until plans are completed.