|Horvitz building renovation (David Gifford)|
Gerald Horvitz went on to attend the University of Michigan and was graduated with the class of 1916. He moved to New York and became a scientist and researcher of some note, specializing in chemistry and metallurgical engineering. Horvitz served as president of the New York Testing Laboratories and was engaged in highly classified research during the early 1940s. His daughter, Betty Slegman, herself a U of M graduate and one of the first women journalists to work for United Press, recalled that her father would never talk about his work, but expressed irritation at the number of security people who were hanging around his laboratory. It was only after the surrender of Japan ended World War II that Betty found out that her father had been one of the scientists working on the Manhattan Project, and that his specific role had been to develop a key component of the trigger mechanism of the atomic bomb.