Arthur I. Karshmer
June 14, 1940November 15, 2015
Arthur I. Karshmer, professor emeritus at the University of San Francisco and an international pioneer in the field of assistive technology, passed away on November 11, 2015.
Art was born on June 14, 1940, in New Brunswick, NJ, to Nathan Karshmer and Leona Kitay. He graduated from Rutgers, earned his PhD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He launched his academic career in the computer science department at New Mexico State University, where he became Department Chair in 1992. In 2002, he was appointed Founding Chair of the Information Technology Department at the University of South Florida, and he served as a Program Director for National Science Foundation from 2001-2002.
In 2006 he joined the faculty at the University of San Francisco where he become Professor and Chair of the Department of Analytics and Technology in the School of Management, retiring from this role seven years later in 2013.
Art is survived by Judy, his wife of 42 years, and their two children, Elana and Avi and their loved-ones; two brothers, Norman and identical twin, Bernard his wife and families; sisters-in-law Deanna and Susan and their husbands and families; and brother-in-law Steve and his wife and family.
A memorial service will take place on Friday, November 20, at 5:00 p.m. at St. Ignatius Church. Donations may be made to the University of San Francisco Scholarship Fund or to the National Stroke Association