Dr. Bernard Epstein

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Died at Summerville at Potomac on March 30, 2005 of complications from Alzheimer's disease.

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Florence; five children, David (and Wendy) of Potomac, MD, Deborah of Katzrin, Israel, Ruth (and Yuval) of Kibbutz Ein Shemer, Israel, Jeremy (and Monica) of Fairfax, VA and Jonathan (and Rachel) of Bethesda, MD. He also had 16 grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter, Rivka.

Dr. Epstein received his doctorate in mathematics from Brown University in 1947. He was a physicist on the Manhattan Project, and then taught at University of Pennsylvania, Yeshiva University and University of New Mexico, from which he retired in 1984. Sabbaticals included Office of Naval Research, London; The Technion in Haifa, Israel; University of Maryland; and Air Force Office of Scientific Research. After retirement, he taught at George Mason University.

He wrote four college mathematics texts, which are still in use. Despite his very full professional life, he found abundant time to spend with his adoring family. They took many trips together, including frequent extended summer automobile trips to teach summer school or to go camping. Those who knew him were keenly aware of his love for classical music and anything Jewish.

There will be Shiva calls at the homes of his sons. Please email: [email protected] or call 301-299-7850 or 703-989-8907 for the schedule and directions. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributionsto the Jewish Social Service Agency - Hospice, American Friends of the Technion or Friends of the Kennedy Center.

Published in The Washington Post on Apr. 3, 2005