HARLAN HURWITZ
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HURWITZ--Dr. Harlan Arthur, died on November 11, 2020. Born in New York, Harlan attended Friends Seminary, received a BA and MA in Physics from Brown University, an MA in Astrophysics from Columbia University, and a Doctorate in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics from Wesleyan University. Harlan was the beloved husband of Susan for almost 45 years, devoted father of Leigh, Annie (Peter), the late Emma Hurwitz, and honorary daughter Melissa Nazzaro, loving grandfather of Graham, and proud human companion to the late Dame Edith Sitwell, PhD (Physics Dog). In addition to the intellectual rigor of his career in dosimetry and software for cash handling systems, Harlan's interests were wide-ranging and passionately-held: from cars (Alfa Romeos), pens (Lamy and Caran d'Ache), languages (Hebrew, German, Russian) to far-flung travel, sci-fi novels and films. His wit was as legendary as the depth of his generosity and the love he extended to anyone he knew. More than anything, Harlan's life was a network of deep, personal relationships and stories that grew with him all his life. Countless are the people he touched with his humor, his intelligence, and his kindness. He was a wonderful, eccentric man and we will miss him. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Brown University's Department of Physics.


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Published in New York Times on Nov. 15, 2020.
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November 22, 2020
Our deepest love and sympathy to Susan, Leigh, Annie and Melissa, plus the rest of Harlan’s family. It still doesn’t seem real to us that we will never have any more humorous and wide-ranging conversations with him. Discussions with him were never boring! He will be missed!
Kathy and Dave
Friend
November 19, 2020
Always a joy to be around. He will be missed. Too bad the Panasonic meeting had to end, and with it my opportunity to hang out with Harlan and Susan.
Robert Gunter
Friend
November 18, 2020
Susan, Annie & Leigh,

I can only imagine how much it hurts to lose Harlan. He made an indelible mark on this Earth and I'm lucky to have known him. I'm so thankful to Susan & Harlan for bringing Annie into the world and raising such a thoughtful, special daughter who is such a good friend to me. Throughout this pain and grief, please know that I love you so much. Looking forward to the day when we can hug each other without a pandemic threat.

Best wishes,
Brooke
Brooke Pearson
Friend
November 18, 2020
Susan,
So sorry for your loss.

While I did not Harlan intimately, I do remember a very enjoyable ride or two back to New Jersey over the years with you and Harlan.
Condolences,

With Love,

Steve Nellissen
Steve Nellissen
Classmate
November 18, 2020
My condolences to the family in this difficult time including sister-in-law Kathie. I knew Harlan back in high school at Friends Seminary where his wit and charm kept us all amused (okay, so it was doing the Mouse as a Soupy Sales fan) as well as his brains, which made us all jealous. I am so sorry I only had a couple of class reunions to see him as an adult.
Emily Rizzo
Classmate
November 17, 2020
I'm so sorry to learn this news. I extend my deepest condolences to Harlan's family. Harlan was simply a great all around guy. Incredible intelligence with a human touch. I had the pleasure of working with him with the ATS group, Talaris and finally Glory.
Lisa Howard
Coworker
November 16, 2020
I knew Harlan through his Dosimetry software. I will never forget our conversations shared during a good meal or an adult beverage. He truly was one of a kind. My condolences to his family.
Linda
Friend
November 15, 2020
Please except my deepest sympathies to you and your family at this time of grieving. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Simone Taylor
November 15, 2020
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November 15, 2020
Harlan leaves behind some of the smartest and most generous women I know. I am keeping Annie, Susan, and Leigh in my heart. With them, I will also store so many memories of Harlan, from the long chats in Thirsty Mind to him consoling me during my sister's diagnosis to his smile on Annie's wedding day. I always felt that Harlan wanted all of us to live life on our terms. One day, when I am in a new city, eating a new dish, I will toast to the big-hearted, sharp-witted, always in a tweed jacket, Harlan Hurwitz.
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November 15, 2020
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November 15, 2020
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