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Oct.26, 2011

Vol. 112, No. 3


Arthur B. Komar ’52 *56

Published in the Oct.26, 2011, issue

Arthur Komar died June 2, 2011, in Menorah Park, a continuing-care community in Syracuse, N.Y.

Artie came to Princeton from Brooklyn, N.Y., where he attended Midwood High School. At Princeton, he held the Hibben Scholarship, wrote for the Nassau Lit, was a four-year member of the Whig-Clio senate, and took his meals at Prospect Club. A brilliant student, he majored in physics and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa at the end of our junior year.

After graduation, he entered the Graduate School, receiving a Ph.D. in physics in 1956. His career as a physicist took him first to the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen and then to Syracuse University as an assistant professor. From 1962 to 1996 he was on the faculty of Yeshiva University, and for 10 years during that time, he was dean of Yeshiva’s Belfer Graduate School of Science. On leaves of absence, he served as program director for gravitational physics at the National Science Foundation. Throughout his brilliant scientific career, Artie remained a loyal member of the class, recording in the 50th yearbook his “fondest memories” of Princeton.

He leaves his life companion, Dr. Alice Honig; two children, Arne and Tanya; and two grandchildren.

The Class of 1952

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Andrew Bur Says:

2012-02-20 16:09:45

Arthur took all of his children's friends to his heart as his own. Never one to pre-judge, but rather to challenge, encourage, and mentor! I was fortunate to have known him and was always in awe of all he represented.
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