02.20.13

Arnold Mark Sedaca

Arnold Mark Sedaca, 67, was born of Sephardic and Ashkenazi parents in Brooklyn, NY and died February 17, 2013 after a brief illness. He was a renowned mathematics scholar at BrooklynCollege who would ascend to Yale and receive his PhD in Pure Mathematics. His original paper, “A SPECIAL CLASS OF FUNCTION ALGEBRAS” was published by Yale in 1975. His college teaching career spanned two decades and was known for the care, rigor and patience with which he taught his students at several Connecticut institutions. Arnold’s relentless inqury into the human spirit—the battles and breakthroughs— was the basis for his autobiographical novelic series, MIND STUDIES. In addition to his deep passion and dedication for scholarly pursuits, Arnold generously shared his lighthearted sense of humor, charm, and gentle spirit with those around him. He is survived by Michelle, his daughter of Boston; his sister, Joani of Brooklyn; his nieces Amanda and Jessica of Lincroft, NJ and Boston, respectively; his lifelong schoolyard friends Larry, Ira and Jerry; his cousin Martin and wife Anna; his friend, W J O’Reilly of Brooklyn; and his former wife, Ellen of Branford, CT.

A graveside funeral will be held at the Mishkan Israel Cemetery, Jewell St., New Haven, Thursday at 12: noon.

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