Born in New York, New York on July 13th, 1926

Departed on October 13th, 2020 and resided in Highlands Ranch, Colorado

In Memory  of  Arnold Russek

Born  July  13, 1926, in New York, New York.

Departed Tuesday, October 13th, 2020.

Arnold Russek passed away peacefully at the age of 94, surrounded by his loving family. Arnie married Bernadette Scarlato in  1956, and they raised three children: David, Stephen, and  Leslie.  Arnie had four grandchildren:  Maia,  Danielle, Hannah,  and Max.  Arnie was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, and is remembered for how generously he gave love and time to  his family.  He made the best coffee, anywhere, and never said “no” to a  bowl  of ice cream.  He was a skilled wood-worker, who built and rebuilt several houses. He was a master of the  New York  Times crossword, which  he would do in pen, starting  at the  top left corner and  working  down.  Mostly, he was always available for family, for both  the  big  things  and the   little  things. He was the rock that people could depend on.

He earned his PhD at the Courant Institute at New York University in 1953, and taught physics for 40 years at the  University of Connecticut, having Professor Emeritus status when he retired. He is remembered by many of his students as not only an excellent teacher and communicator but also a kind and supportive teacher and mentor.

As  a theoretical atomic physicist, he was respected world-wide, and had collaborators in a number of countries. He was invited to give physics talks at conferences around the world, and often took his family travelling with him. He published more than 50 scientific  articles in his career, and contributed to several physics textbooks.

As a young man of 18, he served honorably as a radio engineer in the Pacific during WWII on an LSM bound for Japan. He sometimes described  how he was one of the first sonar/radar engineers, operating this new technology.

In addition to his many accomplishments, he was a man of  great integrity – always honest and direct, trustworthy and kind. He made the world a better place for his family, his many physics students, and for all who interacted with him. He will be missed.

Please share memories or thoughts with the family on this website.  In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a donation to City College of New York, NY, where he earned his undergraduate degree ( or Friends of Blackstone  School, Boston, MA, which he supported for many years (

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I  like to think  of the ways  that he  lives on  in  me.  Some are genetic…. I look a  bit like him, and have his  strong  immune system and finicky taste for foods.  Some  are up-bringing,  my  super-rational  approach  to  life, my discomfort  with  sad movies, my hand-writing  when  I  fill out cross-word puzzles. As long as he lives on in me  and others, he is not completely  gone.

October 19th, 2020 at 12:52pm

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