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Harlan Hurwitz '65

August 24, 1948 - November 11, 2020


With sadness, we report the passing of Harlan Hurwitz '65.

Dr. Harlan Arthur Hurwitz died on November 11, 2020. Born in New York, Harlan attended Friends Seminary and went on to receive 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. He went on to pursue a career in dosimetry and software for cash handling systems. He was married to alumna Susan Strauss ’71 for almost 45 years. Susan and Harlan met at Friends Seminary, but only began dating after Susan’s sister, Kathie Strauss ’65 invited Harlan to Susan’s surprise 18th birthday party.

Harlan was a devoted father to Leigh, Annie (Peter), the late Emma Hurwitz, honorary daughter Melissa, and a loving grandfather to Graham. He was a passionate man, with a wide variety of interests and talents. From his knowledge of cars, pens, language, far-flung travel, sci-fi novels and films to his wit and sense of humor, he was a force to be reckoned with. He was best known for his generosity of spirit, his sense of humor, his intelligence and his kindness. Harlan will be missed.


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