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Arnold Sheldon Bleiweis died peacefully at Haven Hospice on 12/16/2010. He was born on 8/8/1937 in Brooklyn, NY, and moved to Gainesville in 1967. He obtained his B.S. degree in Biology from Brooklyn College in 1958. He received M.S. and Ph.D degrees in Bacteriology from Pennsylvania State University in 1960 and 1964. He then served as a Trainee in Epidemiology in the Department of Preventative Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri and as an Assistant Member of the Department of Biochemistry at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Bleiweis joined the faculty at the University of Florida in Gainesville in 1967 and stayed with the
Department of Microbiology and Cell Science until 1986. At that time he became the Chairman of the
Department of Oral Biology at the UF College of Dentistry. He retired from that position in 2001 after
which he continued his research involvement as a Professor Emeritus. Dr. Bleiweis' primary focus of
research was concerned with the physiology of streptococci and he was internationally recognized for his
expertise regarding the pathogenesis of dental caries. He was awarded numerous academic honors including
being elected to Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Xi, receiving a National Institute of Dental Research MERIT Award, and being appointed as Graduate Research Professor by the Dean of the Graduate School. He was an active member of the American Society for Microbiology and the American and International Associations for Dental Research. During his academic career Dr. Bleiweis mentored many Master's and Doctoral students, and post-doctoral fellows, as well as countless undergraduate and professional students. He is fondly remembered as a generous and outstanding teacher and advisor who encouraged and nurtured many individuals in pursuit of their academic and career aspirations.
His hobbies included Fantasy Baseball which he played with the local group for 40 years and traveling, having set foot on all seven continents. He was an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville, serving as the President of the Congregation from 2006 - 2007
He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Roxane Bleiweis, his sister Marilyn Eisenberg, two nieces, Jessica Brein and Amy Birnbaum and five grandnieces and grand.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday 12/27/2010 at 3pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 4225 NW 34 Street, Gainesville. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the UUF Foundation 4225 NW 34 St. G'ville, FL 32606; Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90 Blvd G'ville 32606 or to the University of Fl Foundation, College of Dentistry, POBox 100217 G'ville Fl 32610.
Published in Gainesville Sun from Dec. 21 to Dec. 22, 2010