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March 24, 2016 at 7:11 pm

Remembering Dr. Arthur Bukowski, Alum Who Taught Around the World

Ohio University alum Dr. Arthur E. Bukowski ’66, ’68M died Feb. 18 in Albuquerque, NM, after a brief illness, according to the Chronicle Telegram.

He earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences and an M.S. in Mathematics from the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio University.

Arthur Eugene Bukowski was born in Brownsville, Pennsylvania on November 10, 1944. His father, Joe, was a coal miner and his mother, Ellen, was a homemaker; Art was the fifth of their six children. After the mines shut down, the family moved to Elyria.

Art graduated from Elyria High School in 1962 and received a full scholarship to Ohio University, becoming the first of his family to attend college. There is also where he met and married his wife, Marcia, in September 1965. Art earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Math, while also teaching math and physics. He was then awarded a National Science Foundation scholarship for his Ph.D, which he earned at the University of New Mexico in 1972.

As his wife, Marcia had a love of travel which she instilled in Art, they chose to work and travel overseas, beginning with a job in Saudi Arabia in 1972. After four years of teaching math at the University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dharahan, Saudi Arabia and traveling around the world twice, with stops in over 30 countries, including Turkey, Iraq, Iran, India, Thailand, the Philippines and Egypt.

In 1976, Art chose yet another adventure and took a job in Anchorage, Alaska at the Community College and at the University of Alaska-Anchorage. After teaching for 22 years, with a sabbatical in Cairo Egypt at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Art retired to Socorro in 1998.

After settling down in Socorro, Art got a job at Dine’ College on the Navajo Reservation in the 4 corners area in 1998. The following fall term he was teaching at UNM, driving twice a week to Albuquerque from Socorro. In 2000, he transferred from UNM to NM Tech and was in the middle of his 15th year of teaching at Tech at the time of his death. During those 15 years, he took a sabbatical to assist in the development of the math department at the new Gulf University of Science and Technology in Kuwait, from 2003 to 2005.

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