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Norman Stoloff Ph.D.

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Stoloff, Norman Ph.D. CLIFTON PARK Norman S. Stoloff, Ph.D., 78, professor emeritus at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, passed away Thursday morning, February 21, 2013 in Albany after a long illness. He was beloved husband to Helen Arcuri Stoloff and proud father of four children and grandfather of two grandchildren. Norman was born October 16, 1934 in Brooklyn to the late William and Lila Stoloff. He graduated from James Madison High School in Brooklyn and went on to earn a B.S. from New York University and a Ph.D. in materials science from Columbia University. He was a Fulbright Fellow and a member of Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi. After holding engineering positions at Pratt & Whitney and Ford, Norman moved to the Capital District and began a distinguished 30-year career as professor at RPI in the department of materials engineering. An internationally recognized researcher, he was invited to chair organizations and conferences including the American Society for Metals and Engineering Conferences International. Norman edited several notable textbooks and journals in his specialty, including the "Journal of Materials Research." He was a mentor and instructor to the many dedicated students who continue to carry out his work. Norman loved to travel. He also enjoyed collecting antiques, hiking and walking, and was an avid student of history and politics. He was known for his dry wit, facility with language, strong sense of personal responsibility, independent spirit, and his devotion to his family. A graveside service will be held Monday, February 25, 2013 at Albany Rural Cemetery. Those wishing to attend should meet at the cemetery's south gate at 12:45 p.m. A memorial service will be scheduled at RPI at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be may be made to National Parkinson's Foundation at or to the United Jewish Appeal Federation of New York at For directions, or to sign the online family guestbook, visit
Published in Albany Times Union from Feb. 23 to Feb. 24, 2013
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