ARTHUR MORGENSTERN

MORGENSTERN--Arthur, 93, a member of our country's greatest generation, died at his home in Fort Lee, NJ, on October 4, 2012. He was born in New York City on May 10, 1919. He leaves four children: Judge Judith M. Barzilay, Julia Aaron, Dr. Jonathan Morgenstern, and Johanna Abraham and 10 grandchildren: Ariel Ives, Avram Aaron, Esq., Ahava Leibtag, Ilan Barzilay, Esq., Michael Barzilay, Matt Morgenstern, Esq., Connie Morgenstern, Lily Morgenstern, Jessica Abraham, and Gabriella Abraham. Arthur and his beloved wife of 66 years, Hilda Specter Morgenstern, who died in 2009, were extremely proud of their 16 great-grandchildren. Arthur's life was an example of how a talented, entrepreneurial young man armed with an excellent education and a drive for hard work could succeed beyond all imagination in America during the last half of the twentieth century. He shared his success generously with others and lived his belief that the privilege of being successful in America carried with it the obligation to give back. During the course of his long life he lived in New York City, Kansas, Israel and New Jersey. He graduated from City College in 1941, joined the US Army, played the saxophone in one of its many bands and served as an anti aircraft artillery officer in the South Pacific during WWII. While stationed at Fort Riley in Salina, Kansas, he met Hilda Specter at Congregation Ahavas Achim in Wichita and they were married in 1943. Many years later he was an active member and president of the congregation helping it to expand into a beautiful new building. After the war he joined his wife's family in Kansas and built a successful oil exploration and production company in Kansas and Oklahoma. He sold that business in 1972 and spent the rest of his life contributing personally and financially to his country and his community. He served as a founding member and president of the Lincoln Square Synagogue in New York City where he and Hilda established the nursery and preschool in their names. He and Hilda moved to Israel, built an apartment in Jerusalem, and contributed to numerous other Jewish and secular causes here and in Israel concentrating in the areas of education and civil rights. He and Hilda and other family members and friends provided the financial support that helped launch the political career of Hilda's brother, the distinguished former Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania. They were extremely proud of Arlen's success and enjoyed following his many activities in Washington and making appearances on his behalf during his election campaigns. Arthur was a wonderful and generous father and grandfather, encouraging and helping his children and grandchildren to achieve in education and life. He loved music and the arts and was humorous, smart, and optimistic. He leaves a legacy of dedication to his family, country, and community that his family and friends will never forget. The funeral service will be held 10:30am today at the Chapel of Mt. Moriah Cemetery, 685 Fairview Ave., Fairview, NJ 07022. Shiva info: Gutterman and Musicant Jewish Funeral Directors, 800-522-0588.

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Published in The New York Times on Oct. 5, 2012